Heval Zeliha Yüksel Mimar / Architect
There are some geographies where it is not possible to find a basis to hold on or a point of reference to get inspired through the design process but Bodrum is definitely not one of them. Excluding the rich culture and geographical context, local materials and architectural approach that it is related with, Mandarin Oriental Residences shine out as a result of an accustomed and modern architectural structuring that is able to harmonize with any modern city such as Los Angeles, Sydney or Dubai. Y. House is located inside Mandarin Oriental Residences of Gölköy, Bodrum. The way we handled the project in the face of Mandarin’s approach which is free from local context, was turning it into an adaptable house that harmonizes with the local and geographical context and to ‘mediterranize’ the concept. A house that can be used by a modern family with two children; simple yet sophisticated, cozy but elegant… Within the scope of the project, natural materials such as wood, iron and stone were implemented through local perspectives. Slates and textured plasters used on the walls and ornamental ceiling designs refer to traditional implementations. Wooden floating roofs that are positioned under the high, flat and wide ceilings of the living room, are designed as a secondary ceiling surface to evoke old and traditional wooden ceilings, suppress the lobby-like feeling of a raised ceiling and create a more cozy living space.
And of course, by bringing all these materials and perspectives together, our goal was addressing the daily needs of a modern family and supporting their lifestyles. An unusual excitement for us was working with a highly experienced family consisting of textile suppliers who follow trends and styles closely, work in the ready-made clothing sector for a long time and who are each well-versed in different fabrics and their techniques. They knew what they have wanted, what kind of a house they have envisioned for and more importantly, they were able to express these ideas. Along with a single ‘mood board’ (their own professional terminology) they have prepared, we knew exactly what they had in mind and what they expected from us. Another interesting point throughout this design process was experiencing the differences between the rapidly-consuming fashion design industry and architectural design, which is a bit more long-termed. On the other hand, it was a highly interesting and exciting process to blend fashion pieces, colors and ideas with our design perspective that tries to avoid trends and fashion in some ways and of course, to explore the inseparable and maybe the inevitable bond between fashion and architectural design…
Natural Stone: Local Slatestone Areas of Usage: (They vary but they are mainly used in) Living Spaces, Bedroom, Kitchen,
Bathroom and Circulation Areas
Place of Use: Walls
Sizes: The smallest, 20×20 cm, the largest, 40-60
CM; mixed, jointless, ashlar