The project is located in the proximity of the Assos city in the east coast of Turkey, fronting the Aegean sea. The house stands on a hill, immersed in a Mediterranean landscape and from where you can dominate the incredible view of the surrounding, which stretches from the hills to the Aegean sea and the Greek islands. The land has a significant slope that runs down the side of the hill, so the house is part of an excavation surrounded by a concrete wall to allow an optimal insertion and use the best topographic features.
This wall, clearly defines the lot of the project, defending it. A material contrast with the landscape, an artificial body inserted between the stones and the soil of the hill. From the street level it is possible to access the inside of the wall through a door camouflaged in the concrete structure. At this level there is the garage, service spaces and a studio with a room that overlook a long patio. A winter garden that gives breath and extension to an otherwise too closed and not very pleasant space. In this way a cut allows natural light to reach these areas and gives them a pleasant liveability.
An external staircase reaches the ground floor where are the living room and kitchen. This uninterrupted space occupies the entire ground floor and allows, thanks to the large windows on the long sides, a perfect connection with the outside. On the same floor it is present the garden and a swimming pool that allows an extension of this space towards the sea front. Upstairs are the bedrooms which are connected by a long corridor. On the other side a long balcony overlooking the garden and looking out to sea.
The shape of the building is very simple and essential, a concrete box that is installed on the first floor and hold all the rooms inside, where the long sides are fully glazed highlighting the clean lines and the void in the box element. A second solid element forming the basement is inserted in the first and affirms a precise compositional rule. In addition, its stone cladding accentuates the contrast between the two.The facade is perfectly symmetrical, and this tends to emphasize the building as a concept of formal purity, flawless and timeless.
Canan Şen Öztabak