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Remembering the phenomenal situation where the trees do not touch each other to let the other live while maintaining their own lives


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Iztuzu Beach.. a paradise realization where Anatolia meets the Mediterranean Sea with a 4km long arc. With its rich flora-fauna palette and its very own Sea Turtles, the beach is one of the most important naturally conserved beaches of Southern Turkey.  The sea turtles begin their lives on this very beach and as a result of a very tough journey, they finally reach the intimate freshness of the Mediterranean. The competition being located at the point where the grand hill meets the Intuzu Lake, is considered to be a great opportunity and an interesting invitation to rethink the conservation issues within the geographical context.


Perhaps the best way to explain this design is to take you through the intellectual journey we have made during the design process. We close our eyes for a moment and think of the Dalyan Strip. We are thinking of the reeds that we passed on a half hour boat ride to Iztuzu Beach along the ancient rock tombs of Kaunos. We imagine the plan view of the reeds and think of how vague they blend in with the water. Then we arrive at the beach and observe the traces of the tides on the sea shore. The organically curved and dynamic traces.. The red pine trees suddenly appear before our eyes. We raise our heads to watch the leaves moving slowly with the sea breeze and remember the phenomenal situation where the trees do not touch each other in order to let the other live while maintaining their own lives: the crown shyness. It is exactly at this point where we intend to create an architecture that can co-exist with the others and this idea constitutes the intellectual infrastructure of our design.


Ministry of Environment & Urbanism




980 sqm


1st Prize


Research Facility


National Competition

ortak çalışanlar

Zeynep AKTAŞ


In the first 50-meter shoreline, no construction is allowed. The second 50-meter dense woodland and sloping section is the area where the program is setting up on.

The proposed project is shaped by a structural crown shyness to establish a kinship with all the textures in the intellectual journey. It is not only a formal resemblance but also a philosophical identity. To exist respectfully within its boundaries so that someone else can also exist ...

The design consists of fragmented stains as far as the Mediterranean climate and requirements program allow. These spots are shaped according to the trees and reflect the slope of the topography in which they are settled. They become as accommodating as trees allow, and they attach to the area delicately like a lace. They do not sit on the ground, they are higher on piles. This way, they allow the ongoing life in the soil to continue.


Caferağa Mahallesi 34710  

Moda - Kadıköy   | |   İSTANBUL 


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Thanks to the fragmented spatial setup, the geography and context are felt at every point of the design. Each space is signified by the next space, the trees around it, the smell of iodine in the air, and the sound of the sea. In this context, the intermediate spaces produced by the project are experimental and powerful. Every point of the design offers perspectives - fragments that are dynamic and enriched with all sensory organs.

Each cover describes a specific program, closed and semi-open spaces. Spaces are freely constructed under covers, columns narrowing in diameter due to few openings provide a harmonious union with the verticality of tree trunks.

Each canopy describes a distinctive program consisting of closed, semi-open and open spaces