In Torba, close to Bodrum Airport and being one of the major destinations of Blue Voyage, the land is easily accessible from sea and by land routes. With reference to topography and nature of the region, angles of sun, windsand greenery, slopes of the terrain guided the land use of the program, housing hotel, private villas and social areas as constituents of the summer resort. In the sloping topography of more than 50%, 38 long-term residence units, mostly duplex villas, all flexible and dividable, with 2, 3 or 4 bedrooms. Aiming to create progressive adoptable spaces, life around a courtyard, living outdoors has been the focus. A “house complex” is made up of several masses connected to each other. Patios link all units and people. Wherever possible, the topography is benefitied and the units are embedded in the terrain. Integrated with nature, light, and breeze, a mixture of semi-open and open spaces is the core of design. Being one step away from greenary and sea, even when staying indoors, one feels as part of nature, the artless setting. Lately, Bodrum coasts, unfortunately, are littered with settlements with little or no respect to the topography and vernacular traits. The architectural language of Bodrum Loft is to blend in the unique topography, responding and reshaping it without disturbing its essential qualities, and offering alternatives for operational functions. Modesty has been core of the design decision with reference to the attitude of local architecture and nature, supported by use of local building material. Taking inspiration from neighboring old towns and their relation to human and non-human world, design seeks to implement strategies that praise ‘genius loci’, in the layout, voids and corridors, open spaces and their relations, coastal use and overall settlement ideas. Raising immediately from sea, topography, clad with Mediterranean foliage and pine trees, deﬁnes the design. Strong in architectural intentions, yet perfectly blending within setting. Trees of the site were documented, classiﬁed and analyzed, and the project was designed and –where necessary- revised with precision. Stone walls starting at gardens as a part of landscape become an integral of interior in continuity. Similarly, green roofs are designed as elongation of natural topography, beneﬁting existing slope and terraces of land. Blocks are embedded in terrain rising to surface quietly to capture sea view, giving the impression of a turtle peeping through its shell. Facilities by the shore are designed on the rocks, touching but not harming them, reaching the sea. Stones, excavated on the site, are re-purposed, in façades, pedestrian walkways, retaining walls and structural elements. Materials are locally sourced and utilized “raw”, including wood and reed, which in turn, provides a built environment that seeks low maintenance. The texture and color of the concrete is a direct result of aggregate from the site, binding buildings even more to their backgrounds. Rainwater is collected and utilized in the landscaping. The balances of light and shadow, vibration and tranquility, sub-rosa and communal have been practiced in the physical existence of the project.
With its long family tradition since 1950’s, spanning over six decades, Tabanlıoğlu Architects is established in 1990 by Murat Tabanlıoğlu (RIBA, Chartered Member, Int'l. Assoc. AIA,) and Dr. Hayati Tabanlıoğlu. Melkan Gürsel (AIA Int.) joined the group as a partner in 1995. Istanbul-based architectural firm demonstrates a professionalism based on rigor and know-how, and searching for new efficiencies in terms of global and environmental needs and developments, the practice is currently engaged in major assignments worldwide, having offices in Dubai, Doha, London and New York with 200 employees. Operating mainly in Turkey, MENASA and CIS Countries, winner of international awards like RIBA International, Tabanlıoğlu works comprise wide range of building types. Respecting resources and existing values, office aims high to benefit new technologies, envisioning needs of people of our era of novelties and rapid changes.