Yalıkavak Houses, like most projects of theEAA Architects, is designed in a way to put forward the sustainability properties. The houses which are built in the Yalıkavak region of Bodrum– which is one of the foremost regions that carries the traditional architectural properties of Bodrum although these are getting scarcier with the housing laws as the time passes– have modern lines that continues the traditional approach.
Like nearly all projects in similar regions, Yalikavak has been formed with an approach that gives priority to its relation with the topography; in the Yalikavak region where building bylaws are relatively looser than in the centre of the Bodrum Peninsula, in a physical environment where the buildings that have lost their relation with the conventional.
View opportunities at different places of the land and the sharp slope of it, a 40% gradient in some places, have been the most important factors in determining the relationship between the residential units in different sizes. The arrangement of units in two or three storey buildings according to the slope of land has allowed the upper surface of all service roads – except for the main arterial road – to be used as private gardens. In this way, the natural landscape has been rearranged and turned into a sustainable situation as much as possible.
The distance of the buildings to the coast enabled the social and recreational units be designed as‘topography-building’, making its own physical existance unvisible despite the fact that they have been arranged as the attractive elements of the project. The potential that has been provided by climatic data have been handled as design inputs in planning stage of residential units. In this sense, the shady zones that have been created by deep canopies on the scenic façade of each building; shady and cool terraces; besides the wind roads providing natural ventilation, inner gardens and galleries aiming to benefit from natural light and enriching the spatial experience, have been used as the main instruments of the project.
In the name of sustainability, construction of all service roads– except for the main arterial roads– as the gardens of buildings creates a skillfully formed landscape without destroying the natural structure. Furthermore, remaining loyal to togographic structure creates a very harmonious body of buildings made up of different units of two and three floors. And these differences creates the main significant properties of the project in the form of size, different usage possibilities and landscape.
Design differences that have the same functional properties but applied differently in each unit depending on the buildings’ positional differences and the climatic data, highlight the details that enrich both the project and life. In this context, while the ventilation of the buildings naturally is facilitated with properties like shades formed by deep canopies on the sides facing the landscape, sliding/folding sunshade systems, shady and cool terraces; it is aimed to use the natural light in the best way possible in the inner gardens and galleries.