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Sakarya government house and the transformation of the city center during the second half of the 20th century.

2020
Özkan, Nilay
This study focuses on Sakarya Government House, which was built as a result of a national competition organized by the Ministry of Public Works in 1955. Sakarya Government House constitutes a significant example both in terms of reflecting the conditions and architectural approaches of the period, as well as its strong relationship with and contributions to the development of the city of Adapazarı. Examining the design of the building by architects Enis Kortan, Harutyun Vapurciyan, Nişan Yaubyan and Avyerinos Andonyadis as well as its life span from its opening in 1960 until it was demolished in 2003 after the 1999 Adapazarı Earthquake, the study attempts to discuss its role in the transformation of the city center during the second half of the twentieth century. As such, the Sakarya Government House complex will be discussed in two main contexts, firstly on the building scale by referring to its architectural features and secondly on the wider city scale by focusing on the interaction of the complex with the city, mainly the center of Adapazarı that went through a considerable transformation by means of this building complex.