Swissotel Resort Bodrum Beach / GAD & Gokhan Avcioglu

Architects: GAD, Gokhan Avcioglu

Location: Bodrum, Bodrum/Mu─čla

Province, Turkey

Area: 26600.0 sqm

Project Year: 2015

Photographs: Courtesy of GAD

From the architect. Swissotel Resort Bodrum Beach is a coastal development in Turgutreis, on the Bodrum peninsula, Turkey, located on a gently sloping site with unobstructed sea-views of the Turgutreis marina. The project consists of a hotel with 60 enclosed rooms, 46 apartments, and 27 residential villas as well as a generous spa, gym and pool complex. GAD’s design reacts to the most pressing challenges inherent to this site; positioning a high density building on a site with a limited slope whilst providing a direct sea-view for each room. The hotel, a twisting structure, is located on the highest point of the site and serves as the entry gateway to the development. A pedestrian path links the hotel lobby to the sea, bridging the light-flooded space to a seaside restaurant & bar at its other end, creating a focal point by the sea. This main axis structures the development and serves as a back-spine of the site’s circulation. The apartment buildings and residential villas are arranged on a series of platforms, cascading down towards the sea, thus providing the maximum possible vista. Conceptually, each villa has two levels with private rooms in the upper and a spacious living room at the garden level, offset fin walls, pushing out to the sides of the buildings, maximizing their facade and offering a sea-view for each room. Wooden screens & canopies add an additional layer of detail and also provide protection from the intense summer sun. Swissotel Resort Bodrum Beach, addresses the fundamental challenges inherent to the site and thereby creates a unique solution and architectural flagship for Bodrum.