The headquarters of Turkey's National Action Party 'strike a sensitive balance between the old and the new, in keeping with the party's political philosophy'. Elements of the old are to be found in the 'Seljuk-style' entrance portal, or in the Ottoman-inspired cupola of the Presidential Pavilion. The new resides in the high-tech construction. The facades of the reinforced concrete structure are finished in vertically striated, glass-reinforced precast concrete panels and in 'liquid plastic'. Alongside the administrative offices, the complex contains a range of social and cultural spaces, including a museum, café and library, which are designed to draw in the public.
National Action Party Headquarters Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2007.
In the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, projects enrolled in the nomination process are documented by the architect(s). In addition to submitting images and drawings, architects are asked to complete a detailed questionnaire pertaining to use, cost, environmental and climatic factors, construction materials, building schedule, and, more importantly, design concepts and each project's significance within its own context and to present the project in two A3 panels.