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Gumus Su Villas by Cirakoglu Architects

By • Apr 6, 2014 •  Selected Work 

Located in Gümüşlük, Turkey, Gumus Su Villas is a project completed by Cirakoglu Architects.

The rustic home has stunning views over the surrounding rolling hills, and a rough and warm interior.

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Gumus Su Villas by Cirakoglu Architects:

“Gumus Su Villas are located over the hills of Gümüslük Village, Bodrum, a tranquil harbour with over the 4000 years of historical and cultural heritage.

The urge to create a tranquil unity with the impressive nature formed the basis of our architectural approach.

The composition that came out of the process is an up-to-date interpretation that blends elements of the local architecture with a new language of design.

The basic idea was to define the single house unit strictly within a square, repeat it five times within the site and then leave the rest of the site to the nature.

The rooms that make up a single unit are detached as individual blocks so as to create semi-open spaces in between.

The lounge, bedrooms, and bathrooms units that comprise each house are presented as blocks that are independent of each other.

The open spaces between these units are reminiscent of shady narrow back-streets that allow cooling breezes to pass through.

The houses’ open courtyard, swimming pool and sun terrace were conceived as intrinsic parts of the construction. When all the parts are brought together, they form a distinct quadrangle and are shaded by a bamboo cane-work canopy.

The stone walls and the wide glass surfaces define the different areas of the house in the most simple fashion.

The location of the existing trees was one of the major consideration for the site layout.

The exceptional view of the sea and landscape also guided the layout decisions.

Primary concern was to make use of traditional methods to provide energy efficiency. Thick stone walls and double walls provide sufficient thermal insulation. The bamboo shelter creates a secondary shading element in order to help to keep interiors cool. The semi open circulation areas lets the breeze into the living spaces.

Almost all materials are local and natural materials which are used in the surrounding traditional buildings.”

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Photos by: Cemal Emden

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3 Comments to Gumus Su Villas by Cirakoglu Architects

  1. Penelope says:

    Might sound silly since im ignorant about roofing but what happens when it rains?

  2. Lengai says:

    Hi, you can see in the section the habitable areas, living/kitchen & bedrooms, have separate, independent roofs below the bamboo shade. The circulation passage between bed and living spaces appears to be open to the elements, low rainfall area one assumes, so nice open air living works?

  3. Lengai says:

    How are the basement bedrooms lit and ventilated?

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