TRKMNLK Cappadocia , Case Study #4


GAD has planned a new luxury hotel in Cappadocia that also includes a textile and carpet museum, a thermal lagoon, and spa. The project is located on the site of a former open-pit stone quarry, and major considerations of the design include rehabilitating the scarred natural landscape as well as conserving the site of an ancient altar also located on the property. On account of its soft stone and natural caves, Cappadocia has a troglodyte architectural tradition extending from prehistoric times to the 19th century. Byzantine chapels as well as Greek houses and Turkish dovecotes occupy natural and carved caves. The hotel is therefore comprised of staggered cave rooms that will be excavated into the mountainside as well as terrace rooms massed above the lagoon. The rooms of the hotel are connected by discrete subterranean service corridors for guests and service staff.