Excerpt: Folkart Blu hotel and residences, designed by Dilekci Architects (DDA), reduces the perception of high-rise construction; the mass is fragmented horizontally and vertically. The structure is designed in overlapping, segmented horizontal blocks. Material choices hold the most important place in the expression of the dynamic form that constitutes the design. Glass and stone together describe the space and occupancy areas of the form.
[Text as submitted by Architect] Projects’ language of form, material and light together creates the spirit of each project.
The project’s area in Paşalimani, one of the most beautiful bays in Çeşme, needed an approach to reveal the potential of its surroundings. The relationship with the bay from the edge and from a narrow angle has been an important criterion in the direction towards the sea. On the one hand, the design is directly related to the sea and on the other hand it has turned its back on the effective winds of the Çeşme region coming from the north direction during the summer period. It has taken the refreshing effects of these winds (in hot climate) into the project through the courtyard in the middle.
A special design language has been created for this place. At the same time, while trying to manage the mass density given by the zoning permit by evaluating it together with environmental factors. It impacts on the skyline played an important role in the project design.
In relation to the cove where the structure is located. It is ensured that the building is connected with the surrounding area in silhouette by placing the towering structure behind the plot. To reduce the perception of high-rise construction, the mass is fragmented horizontally and vertically. The structure is designed in overlapping, segmented horizontal blocks. The blocks were positioned around a courtyard, and the design of the blocks with double fronts ensured that the north winds were softened, creating significant potential for acclimatization. With the courtyard and the hanging stairs inside, different spatial experiences have been created. It provided terrace-garden use to the units with large cantilevered areas while canopy areas were created in the direction of the active sun.
In this way, the continuity of indoor and outdoor space was also provided for the apartments. Surprise perspectives have been created with all units within the project. Material choices hold the most important place in the expression of the dynamic form that constitutes the design. Glass and stone together describe the space and occupancy areas of the form and are the materials that directly shape the mass design. Glass, metaphorically refers to being mitigating, projecting shadow and void; while the stone surface refers to being, fullness and strength.