For the past half a century the frequency of natural disasters has increased four times as many. Istanbul is a city with the rich history and culture, that’s why it is necessary to take measures to be ready for any natural disaster that may happen in Istanbul.
The main goal of the project the “Life Cube” is the prevention of a natural disaster and the notification of the population about the possible danger. The monumental cube 50 metres in height symbolizes the safety and defence.
This square building of a regular geometric shape has a regular rhythm of the glass panels on the facade. There is an element at the top of the building that is separated from the main volume. It is a revolving cylinder 30 metres in diametre to nortify the population. At night it turns into a bright light shining over the city. There is an observation deck for visitors and guests inside the cylinder which gives a magnificent view of Istanbul.
The simple form and constructive design provide with the stability under the influence of wind and seismic loads. Huge supports, stairs and elevators are situated symmetrically around a central space – the light well – that provides with the straight of the construction.
The revetment of the building is the cover that consists of glass wainscots. All panels are of the same size that cuts production costs.
The structure of the building takes into account the national peculiarity of Islamic architecture like the penetration of the outer and inner space one into another. Their humidity and temperature are regulated by the great space of the light well which creates the air flows and hanging gardens. The entrance into the large open atrium creates a sense that the street and the building form a single space.
The huge revolving cylinder 30 metres in diametre has many functions. The main objective is The notification of the population.
The warnings of the approaching danger will be shown on the screen. The color of the screen means the level of the risk and is changed accordingly. On the outside the cylinder consists of a special system of revolving triangles (clusters).
One side consists of light-emitting diodes forming the screen. The other side is a system of mirror-heliostats that collect solar energy, which will heat the water inside the cylinder and provide the building with electricity and hot water. The water from the cylinder will flow into the reservoirs. The cylinder can be turned in both directions at an angle of 45 degrees, at the same time the internal central observation desk remains in a fixed position.
You can enter the “Life Cube ” through a courtyard that opens to visitors four areas:
1) The first one is the Entrance area that invites the guests for further acquaintance at the stage of orientation.
In the large central part of the first zone the visitors can meet, talk and enjoy the view while waiting for further acquaintance.
2) The second one is the zone of the Earth that represented by the section of earthquakes models, hanging gardens. It is also a relaxation area for visitors.
3) The third one is the zone of Water that is presented by the section of hurricane and tsunami models.
4) The forth zone is the zone of Fire that is represented by a common central area and sections of fire-fighting training.
“Life Cube” is a bioclimatic building with a system of heliostats, hanging gardens and a big central light well. Rooms and areas are situated along the façade that allows you to use natural lighting and cut energy consumption. Green terraces on different levels provide fresh air. Due to the central well and the green terraces on the floors there are air flows in the building. They provide the natural ventilation and reduce energy consumption. There is a system of electronic sensors in the building that identify the presence of the people and their number indoors and control the heating, air conditioning and lighting. It reduces energy costs.