LEO A DALY is providing the master plan and concept design for Aegean Breeze at Alaçati, a five-star, contemporary beach destination resort that will break ground on the western coast of Turkey this year, with a grand opening planned in summer 2012.
Inspired by the breezes of the Aegean Sea, the motion of gulls in flight and the natural patterns of the landscape, the design captures the spirit of the region’s sailing and surfing culture, as well as creates a level of intimacy and exclusivity intended to attract tourists from across the world. Alaçati, an up-and-coming vacation hotspot, is located 77 kilometers (48 miles) from the city of Izmir, Turkey, and 23 kilometers (14 miles) from Chios, Greece.
LEO A DALY’s master plan and concept design fosters a unique beachside resort experience that emphasizes views of the sea from all site locations, while the composition of the hotel and villas is reverential to the arid, rocky landscape. The boundaries of the site frame a crescent-shaped sandy beach, which inspires the sweeping curves found in the hotel’s massing, walkways and landscaping. Several breeze-inspired tensile fabric roofs create an identity for the resort while providing shade for visitors throughout its public spaces.
The design creates an amenity-rich experience for visitors. The main attraction is the 102,000-square-foot (9,500-square-meter) marine park, which includes a multi-flume marine mountain and pool, adjoined by a large wave pool, two flow-rider surfing pools with spectator seating, and a children’s pool. Several bar, grill and snack pavilions are strategically placed in proximity to the swimming areas and the beach.
The ground floor of the 134,000-square-foot (12,500-square-meter) hotel contains boutique stores, a hotel business center and a beauty center, while the lower level offers a 48,500-square-foot (4,500-square-meter) fitness center and spa, an indoor sky-lit pool club, hotel dining and retail. All guest rooms have southern views of the sea. Restaurant facades are clad with floor-to-ceiling operable glass walls that allow the dining experience to spill out onto the pool deck and offer adjustable space for larger-scale events.
Significant attention is given to providing guests with a luxurious arrival experience. A tree-lined access street terminates at a grand porte cochere, where the glass entry pavilion affords vistas of the sea and the pools and piazzas that descend to the shoreline. The lobby area provides arrival amenities with comfortable seating for guests during an automated check-in process.
The residential villas, which encompass 112,000 square feet (10,400 square meters) of the property, each have front and rear balconies as well as spacious roof decks. Long-term residents have access to a private restaurant and pool on the villa Owners’ Deck atop the hotel.
Other unique buildings emphasize local arts and culture. An amphitheater, which completes the visual experience with a fabric roof, will be the setting for evening entertainment. Integrated into the villas are three artists’ studio-cafés within the villa enclave, offering classes in sculpture, ceramics, drawing and painting.
Throughout the resort, the design incorporates indigenous architectural materials, respecting the storied history of the town of Alacati. The north façade of the hotel is clad in honed sedimentary native stone, which provides a simple and elegant contrast to the glass entry pavilion. The east and west facades are also bracketed with natural stone, while the south façade is appointed with white and terra-cotta stones arranged for color variety and depth.
Pedestrian paths and walkways, which reinforce the flowing curves of the site plan, are finished with a mix of local granites and flow through a manicured natural landscape of palm trees and native plants.
In addition, the site is designed to meet high transportation demands from daily visitors accessing the marine park and beaches. The master plan is arranged to create a transition from public spaces to private villas as visitors move from the west edge of the site to the east edge of the site.
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Project: Aegean Breeze at Alaçati
Location: Alaçati, Turkey
Owner: Tek-Arts Ins. Tic. Tur. San. Ve Yat. A.S.
Size: Hotel lodging, amenties and support (12,400 SM), spa and fitness/wellness center (4,500 SM), marine park and beach club (9,500 SM), residential villa units (10,500 SM).
Design: LEO A DALY
Scope: Master Planning, Conceptual and Architectural Design
+ About LEO A DALY
Established in 1915, LEO A DALY is an internationally renowned architecture, planning, engineering, interior design and program management firm. The company’s portfolio includes award-winning projects in 75 countries, all 50 states and the District of Columbia. LEO A DALY currently employs approximately 1,000 architects, planners, engineers and interior designers in more than 30 offices worldwide. The firm consistently ranks in the top 10 largest architecture, engineering and interior design firms in the United States, and is listed in BD World Architecture’s top 25 global practices.
Category: Master Plan