TAXI Station

DesignerDr. Hakan Gürsu
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Grabbing the attention beneath the urban fabric, TAXI station is designed in an iconic way that uses graphic elements both visually and structurally at the same time. The station communicates with urban people perceptually and stands out as almost as a signage. Design uses a universal language and symbolizes ''taxi'' metaphor to a public station. With a modern and dynamic identity that suits contemporary urban life, the characterized building adapts to physical conditions with two different size options. System uses steel profiles for construction and signage. Led lighting is provided inside these parts for night use. TAXI fits modern architecture and buildings and adds to city image. Covered with plants in vertically and horizontally, it also provides an advertisement space for expenditures. Design offers a comfortable and safe zone for both users and visitors. It includes a waiting lounge, office space, personal cabins for drivers, lavatory, changing room, storage area, kitchen and resting area. Electrical and lighting systems are assembled within the installation floor, which is hidden, between ceiling and the roof, therefore preventing visual pollution. System also collects rainwater and uses it for system's water consumption.

About Designer

HAKAN GURSU was born on 1959 in Istanbul. He graduated from Middle East Technical University as first rank student in 1987. He took his master’s degree from Department of Architecture in 1988. Gursu, continued his project studies at Japan in 1991 and completed his Ph.D studies in 1996. He worked as consultant on interior architecture and city planning in Moscow and Tokyo. He contributed in the design of registered product design in the context of university and industry collaboration. Still he is going on his duites as an instructor in the Department of Industrial Design in METU and Designnobis.