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7800 Cesme Residences & Hotel, Izmir, Turkey

Wednesday 15 Jul 2009

Making the most of it

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As a quiet seaside town expands into a bustling tourist haven 

Cesme has endured a rapidly increasing tourist population for the last decade. This unpredictable growth in Cesme, as is true in all lately explored villages of Mediterranean and Aegean region, makes an inevitable transformation both sociologically and physically in Cesme.

The Cesme 7800 project was developed with a design tendency to address the problem of a new identity and mass that grew out of this situation, in the context of the effect on the existing structure.

The main mass of the structure has been made close to the border of the road so that the frontal beach and the natural environment are left as close to its existing state as possible. The linear block of 5 stories, is dissected by an internal street on which both vertical and horizontal circulation is organized.

Instead of being self-apparent and prominent as a structure, what is aimed of the project is a structure that hides within the landscape layer which covers it and by this, sheds the burden of that which might be defined as style, taste and genre of architecture.

Two different blind systems were designed in order to prevent the north and the south facades from sunlight and wind. Both of these systems, which are made as simplified as possible, became the most important elements of the exterior perception. The units located gradually on top of each other create large garden terraces on both sides.

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Emre Arolat Mimarlik Ltd. Sti.

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