Burak Pekoğlu (BINAA, Founder)

He was born in 1984 in Eskişehir. He attended high school at Robert College. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2008 from New York State University in Buffalo, New York, where he received an international student achievement scholarship. He received his MA in Architecture from Harvard University in 2011. Pekoğlu worked as an architectural designer in international offices such as Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) in New York, Schmidt Hammer Lessen (SHML) in Aarhus, Denmark and Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects (PCPA) in New Haven. He has taught architectural projects at Bilgi University, Istanbul Technical University, Kadir Has University and Yıldız Technical University. The architecture and research studio BINAA (Building Innovation Arts Architecture), founded by Burak Pekoğlu in 2012, carries out extraordinary and innovative projects. BINAA’s S2OSB (Sakarya 2nd Organized Industrial Zone) management office and conference hall project in Hendek, Sakarya, won the first prize in Architizer A + Awards in 2017. Some of the completed and ongoing projects of BINAA are S2OSB, Argül Weave, Interia-Nobis, Sanmar Headquartes, Serdivan Houses, Cengelkoy Residences, Sakarya City Library, Mardin City Library and Sakarya City Parking.

S2OSB Headquarters & Conference Hall

Client Sakarya 2. Organize Sanayi Bölgesi Yönetimi
Project Type Headquarters & Conference Hall
Date Completed 2016
Collaborators Tunay Can (Client Rep.), Avşaroğlu İnş., EPAS, Bersis, KASSO, Aspen, EAE, Koleksiyon, Karasu Mermer, Vitra
Design Company Building Innovation Arts Architecture
Awards Architizer Awards’ Architecture+Metal Award 2017
Photographer Thomas Mayer, Cemal Emden

Situated in the Sakarya region-some 170 km east of Istanbul, in Turkey’s Hinterland- S2OSB is a pioneering management building, headquarters and conference hall, of our client, Sakarya 2nd Industrial District’s Board of CEO’s. Uniting the vision of their management and engineering teams, it is also an iconic structure in the area, engaging people into a new way of looking. A new way of looking leads to a new way of knowing as it can reflect the core concept of industrial development. The façade, made of thoughtfully crafted metal, wraps around the building and helps communicate the structure’s multi-faceted purpose: from head offices to the conference hall (170 seats). At the conference hall, the geometrically textured shell starts with mostly solid panels followed by perforated panels, increasing rhytmically until they detach as a double facade that filters controlled daylight to the offices. The interior is camouflaged by the exterior whereas the users can see outside. The façade is the interplay between exterior and interior; it opens one world into another. The envelope is how a building performs, how it expresses itself, similarly to how a garment makes a fashion statement: it is the building’s character. S2OSB’s façade expresses not only the building’s character but also its function.