Merve Özer

Mersin University

Faculty of Architecture


by Merve Özer 

The National Textile Factory at Adana is the oldest textile mill. The factory, which was established in 1906, is also officially registered as a “cultural asset industrial heritage” and preserved. The number of parents and children has greatly increased after the industrial revolution. The biggest harm of the industrial revolution is about turning people as a part of a machine. The disadvantages of this mechanisation not only led to destruction but also affected the social life of people in a negative way. People lost their luxury of entertainment and play. The settling and organization placement of the historical buildings are integrated with the new buildings to be designed. Meanwhile, new forms and heights should not overwhelm the historical ones. Thereby the modern structures are embedded and a recessed yard is designed. A big workshop to manufacture amusement machines and toys is designed for the yard at the center of the modern buildings. To create harmony between modern and historical buildings, as a bridge between them, two ramps were added to enrich circulation. Those two bridges made the big workshop at the center of modern buildings pervious. At the one front of the historical building there is a heavy, long wall with historical marks. This wall was considered valuable to integrate with the concept.


Merve Özer  was born in Mersin,Turkey, in 1989. She graduated from the Mersin University, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture in 2012. She attended many competitions, conferences and workshops. She took part at the “Intersections” workshop organized by the University of Miami and Yeditepe University and presented her works in international events. She did an internship at Doğan Hasol Architects, the author of the Turkish Architectural Vocabulary. She has been working for a year in the design team of AOZSUT Architects in Ankara designing concept hotels and shopping malls. She intends to pursue an academic career in kinetic architecture because that topic fascinates her a lot.