With reference to topography and the nature of the region, the angles of sun, winds, greenery and slopes of the terrain guided the land use of the program housing hotel, private villas and social areas which are constituents of the summer resort project in the South of Turkey. Close to the Bodrum Airport and being one of the major destinations of the Blue Voyage the land is easily accessible from the sea and by land routes. Integrated with the nature and aiming to welcome the sun in a controlled attitude and the breeze in the units during hot summer days, a mixture of semi-open and open spaces is the core of the design. Being one step away from the green and sea nearby the living space, even staying indoors, one feels as a part of nature, the artless setting.
The Bodrum coasts are littered with settlements with little or no respect to the topography and vernacular traits. Theclient wanted an architectural language that blends with the unique topography, responding and reshaping it without disturbing its essential qualities. Their main concern was to provide a layout that would be suitable for a number of operational schemas in an architecturally exemplary way.
Modesty has been the core of the design decision with reference to the attitude of local architecture and respecting the existing nature, supported by the use of local building material.The balances of light and shadow, vibration and tranquility, sub-rosa and communal have been practiced in the physical existence of the project.
Taking inspiration from the way neighboring old towns connect to the land and its surroundings, their relation to the human and non-human world, vernacular responses to the climatic and light conditions, settlement patterns and cultural uses of built environment that in turn, are methods to comprehend the ‘genius loci’, the design seeks to implement strategies and approaches that connects to them. The spirit of the land lives, within the layout, voids and corridors, open spaces and their relations, coastal use and overall settlement ideas.
Raising immediately from the sea, the topography, clad with mediterranean foliage and pine trees, deﬁnes the design, strong in architectural intentions, but yet blending perfectly within the setting and designed with certain precision. Integrated with the nature timidly and aiming to welcome the sun and the breeze in a controlled attitude in the units, especially during hot summer days, a mixture of open, semi-open and closed areas are designed. Stone walls starting at the garden as a part of the landscape become an integral of the interior in continuity. Similarly, the green roofs are designed to be an elongation of the natural topography beneﬁting the existing slope and terraces of the land. The blocks are embedded in the terrain rising to the surface quietly to capture the sea view, giving the impression of a turtle peeping through its shell. The rocks, at the coast of the site, becomes an inspiration to the design, with their colours and horizontal lines. The facilities on the shore are located on the rocks, touching but not harming them, and extending to the sea.
Blending of the man-made to the natural is strengthened via the use of materials: Stones, excavated on the site, will be re-purposed, in façades, pedestrian walkways, retaining walls and structural elements alike. The texture and colour of the concrete will be a direct result of aggregate from the site, binding the buildings even more to their backgrounds.
On the site, all of the trees were documented, classiﬁed and analysed, and the project was designed and revised accordingly. The units are mostly located underground, providing sheltered environments, that is open to the landscape and the surrounding views, reducing the need for electricity use for the cooling systems. Open, semi open and closed areas are inertwined, creating a building that responds to the climate it is set.