KUUM Hotel & Residences


Project name: The KUUM Hotel & Residences
Location: Golturkbuku / Bodrum / Turkey
Client: Bırtur / Tuncel Group
Architect: GAD & Gokhan Avcioglu
Project team: Esin Ayar, Ozan Ertug, Barış Uçar, Ayhan Ürgüplü, Arzu Meyvacı,Serkan Cedetaş, George Schreiner, Laura Fink
Start / Compelation: 2007 / 2009
Building type: low rise
Project type: Hospitality
Project site area: 20.000 sqm
Construction area: 9.600 sqm
Status: built


The KUUM Hotel Spa & Residences is an innovative concept for boutique lifestyle and resorts. The architecture for KUUM was inspired by the regional beauty, resources and historical legacy of southwestern Turkey and the Aegean Sea. Specifically, the Kuum Property is located in Bodrum, an international destination renowned for its wonderful climate, turquoise waters and cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Bodrum is a Mediterranean port-trade settlement in the Southwest of Turkey. The area boasts a rich history of over three thousand years, including Hellenistic times. The venerated scientist Heredot was born there and sculptures by artists including Leochares, Bryaxis, and Timotheos were exhibited there and can now be found in museum collections around the world. Kuum is conceived as a small settlement, nestled on a seafront bay, the property uniquely coexists within the hillside topography.  The clients wanted a design that looked and performed differently than want is normally expected in resorts for Bodrum. Strict building codes also demanded innovative and flexible approaches to design.

GAD’s aim was to design the complex in harmony with their natural setting to blend and work with the environment. While designing KUUM Hotel Spa & Residences, GAD experimented with software programs and formulas from mathematicians Stephan Wolfram and Nikos Salingaros as other creative design tools. Due to its complex programmatic requirements, the distribution of building types was a design challenge. GAD reacted by using the terrain’s surface as an elastic malleable layer as the project developed.  The forms and shapes were molded according to their functions and to capture the magnificence bay views. The entire complex is formulated from the same DNA. The different building typologies for the resort are organized to serve various programmatic needs creating zones of heterogeneity. The zones were also further categorized by public and private areas. To further heighten the heterogeneous effect we focused on creating variation through the senses, in particular the visual, tactile and olfactory. The diversity in materials not only responds to the buildings’ various programs, private and public spaces, etc. but also creates visual and tactile richness. Thus the project creates wholeness through difference.

In total, the resort has a 66 room hotel, 13 private residences, a health spa by Anandara, 2 restaurants, administration building, 300 meter long beach and other recreational and leisure activities.