Selin Biçer Mimar / Architect
Half of the visible structure, is cantilevered by 8 meters. The superstructure is a 16 meter long by 7.5 meter wide concrete box with no columns or beams. The 520 m2 land contains this very large house that only has a 64 m2 footprint.This is a house with a strict minimalist approach. 5 main materials were used: concrete, steel, stone, wood and glass. The main ambition was to make as much use of the land as possible while creating a variety of wide and open spaces that can be used depending on the wind and weather conditions. The folding/sliding window and door systems, the 8 m long cantilever and the pool placement on the side of the house are all design decisions to maximize the living areas. The folding/sliding systems make convertible living spaces to switch between indoor and outdoor. The cantilever was designed to minimize the footprint while maximizing open areas. The cantilever also serves to push the building mass toward the sea view, clearing the adjacent house, to create a large roadside terrace and to provide plenty of shade by the pool and garden.The steep grade of the land would have created very large, long, narrow and unusable side gardens terminated by very tall retaining walls. So the design team decided to use the building’s side façade and the retaining walls bordering the property as a pool basin, connecting the ends with L shaped wall.This with the cantilever design created a very large pool and a sizable garden.The building façade is raw concrete which also makes up the load bearing structure, cast in a textured wooden formwork. The shutters are made from wood. The interior has marble flooring on the common areas and bathrooms.The bedroom floors are rustic oak wood.The landscaping was done with indigenous plants such as olive, mastic and cypress trees in Cor-ten steel clad concrete planters. The site irrigation is done with an 80 metric ton cistern that collects rain water year-round.The house can be used as a main home or a summer home. But since it’s built in the resort town of Çeşme, Turkey, it will likely be used primarily as a summer home.This house is a real estate development project. It has not yet been sold. The company (Erdil Construction) acquired the land, developed the design and built the house for the intention to sell.We had a talk with Selim Erdil about the project and he states that this house is designed for someone who doesn’t find adequate the alternatives in Çeşme; places emphasis on art, aesthetics, functionality and lifestyle; who hasn’t had the chance to meet with Ma Vie La; has high hopes, a different personality and who expresses this uniqueness with one’s life.Having a personal glamor for Erdil, the minimalistic style affected the spatial organization; achieving more with less, grasping fullness by reducing, increasing the quality of life through focusing on functionality and even endeavoring for minimising the design effect for the environment are highly appealing concepts for an architect. Raw, recycled and reutilized materials both conform with the minimalistic principles and create a harmonic contrast with their rustic characters through smoothing over the modern style of the house.
While explaining the project, Erdil indicates that this massive block nearly breaks down the laws of physics:
“We can say that the project points out a minimalistic design which is completely based upon functionality. We left windows and door openings on this concrete box. Facade appearances and all the other design decisions are made upon the tasks assigned for each design element. Project requirements dictated the aesthetics of the building. For example, what the homeowner would like to see from his/her room and level of the room’s outer view determined the window openings and their locations in the house. Just like the decoration of the house, the architecture is also minimal. Lines are modern and materials are as raw as possible. Five main materials are used within the scope of the project. Natural appearances of natural stones, iron materials, pavements, glasses and wooden materials are favored in the project. We didn’t use anything that holds no functionality. We even rendered some functions unnecessary.”Erdil predicates that the construction story of the house is as interesting as the project itself. When the excavation process is initiated, it was discovered that the surface is made out of a marble bed. This development has showed that the crusher machine was supposed to work for weeks. Therefore all the construction schedule was overhauled upon this data.
Architect: Selim Erdil
Location: Çeşme, İzmir, Türkiye
Area: 300 m2
Project Year: 2015
Manufacturers: Scavolini, Schüco ve Ticino
Other Participants:/strong> Gözde Özder, İzgi Yazıcı, Meltem Çarıkoğlu,Selim Ardalı, Bahadır Sarıca ve Nevzat Yavuz
Photographs: Tunç Suerdaş