EMINE ÖĞÜN MEHMET ÖĞÜN ARCHITECTS
Photos courtesy of Emine & Mehmet Ogun
Hotel & Leisure
Amanruya is an hotel with 36 cottages in Bodrum, on the Aegean coast of Turkey, using the historical experience and knowledge while being careful of not falling into the trap of superficial eclecticism.
It uses a straight forward dialogue of architectonics in realizing the urban texture, gates, gardens, guest rooms, and the public spaces as a cumulative totality of various planes, horizontal and perpendicular, with differing angles. Spatial organizations are aligned so that addition of each unit creates the whole.
A flight of steps from the main entrance, one can reach the reception, boutique, then the main gate, up to the lobby terrace. Climbing up some more, the guest can be by the 50 m swimming pool or the dining rooms. From there on softly ascending terraces, narrow paths, courtyards lead the way to the cottages each in its own garden, with a private marble pool reflecting the tranquil landscape.
The design, with the public areas situated on the slope, path ways, descending, diverging, sprawling to the cottages embedded in the olive grove, among pine trees, creates an expedition, as the eye looks around, each structure, as if in a slow perpetual motion, calls one to move in and around. Movement weaves its way to the impartial perception of ‘existence’ as it is at that very instant.
If tranquility is created and those living in and between feel the serenity then architecture is triumphant.