initial proposal

As a continuation of analyses has been made in a large scale, the project’s initial proposal shaped following the previously shaped ideas. There are two main points I have hold onto while initiating the process; 1. to strengthen the relationship between sea & land, as an inverse of the corelation of sea and land in Kaleiçi district, insteas of getting the sea inside of the land, the land or the mass should go above the sea. 2. Talya hotel blocks both the view, access and the prevailing wind coming from the sea, so there should be an access through the sea from the road level to give an answer to ecological concerns and provide permability. So, considering the created axes following the already existed roads and Talya Hotel’s used angles, there occured some imaginary paths to guide visitors and position masses then spaces according to the program input. Hereby, Talya’s wings like separated elements and some connective elements in between came into existence as an initial proposal. In this instance, they are standing like quickly defined rectangle masses just to initiate the process, further on when the site conditions, ecological concerns, program, and user profiles introduced to the process, the project will take shape accordingly and more defined definetely.

starting the process

In the historical context, the coast has been evaluated in different dimensions in different time periods and by human beings. The coast has been tried to participate in urban life by using the opportunities it offers.

Actually, the sea or coast creates a living culture when it is considered in terms of it shapes the citizens’ or the city’s living style, and give a culture to the city together with the historical symbols. There is this Kaleiçi culture that introduce such a city identity where people’s memories and expectations come into existence. Especially this collective memory of the city in Kaleiçi gives people the feeling of creating a bridge among previous historical times, today and perhaps future like different periods in one space.

Here, what I want to emphasize is Talya Hotel is one of the identities & symbols of the city as well, but more in a contemporary manner like in terms of being first five starred hotel in Antalya. So, the purpose is making the coast region the focus of urban life (in a more modern way).

Plus, coastal region section types is analyzed: how is the relationship between land and sea along the coastline? #1 pedestrian priority coast region use (limited communication, inability to meet with the coast outside the visual perception) due to the location of the tourism structures and the presence of highways, the city’s relation to the sea and its continuity is weak. (not in Kaleiçi district, the sea is accessible along the port region) #2 public areas & functions along the coast.

In the upper-scale analysis, I don’t want Talya to turn its back to the urban life & an introduced side street in between the wings of Talya Hotel allowed to create interrelation, coastal interface as seen in plan drawing.

Analysis of Antalya — Antalya’s Natural and Ecological Context

After 1950, Antalya started to receive immigration. Since 1980, this amount of immigration has increased considerably. The main reason for this sudden increase is tourism in this region. The population of Muratpaşa is higher than other regions, although the area is smaller than other ones. Here we see the change in population, in 10 years. […]

Analysis of Antalya — An archıtecture student’s Journey

state of the mediterranean marine and coastal environment

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Mediterranean marine and coastal environment is examined under the main titles of Aquaculture and its production in the Mediterranean. Although mediterranean region has a long history fish farming, aquaculture -which is the fastest growing food sector in the world- and particularlly mariculture have undergone a dramatic expansion since 1990s.

Mediterranean sea is the prototype of a semi-enclosed sea with a limited connection to the ocean through a narrow and shallow strait. Infographics which refers to surface circulation, river discharge of freshwater into the Mediterranean. Schematically shows the mediterranean sea water masses: vertical distribution since the mediterranean sea comprises three main water masses.

There you can see infographics which shows maritime transportation routes in the mediterranean and coastal transport infrastructure in the mediterranean since the development of maritime transport is inherently linked to the development of coastal infrastructure such as ports and motorways and railways connnecting in land areas to the ports.

The mediterranean basin, is by far the largest global tourism destionation, attracting almost a third of the world’s internationsl tourists and besides, tourism contributes CO2 emissions, mostly thorugh increased use of air and road transportation. About the tourism in the mediterranean countries, there is a scheme which shows international tourism receipts share via countries, and tourist pressure on mediterranean coast again via countries.

An overview of water stress in the mediterranean basin, water exploitation, geography, physiography and landscapes, coastal erosion and fragial ecosystems in the mediterranean.

The image above contains, graphics about litter, industrial hazardous waste in the mediterranean countries, floating plastics, plastic pellets, and organic micropollutants; neo-renewable energy resources; major types of marine litter; sources of environmental impact on the mediterranean sea. Additionally, organic water pollutants, the amount of the oil spilled in the mediterranean, possible oil slicks detected by satelllites.

Infographical maps which shows mean surface salinity, total annual precipitations and sea level variations.

Maritime transportation and aquaculture are the main ways non-indigenous specied enter the western basin of the mediterranean. Migration through the Suez Canal is responsible for most non-indigenous species in the eastern basin of mediterranean. Mediterranean sea is a biodiversity hotspot containing large amount of marine species, nearly a quarter of which are endemic. There exists maps refers to biodiversity in meditetteranean, number of species in the image above.

Climatically, the mediterranean is characterised by warm temperatures, winter dominated rainfall, dry summers, and an abundance of microclimates. The sea surface temperature, mean annual & surface temperature of the mediterranean is added as well.

Please click the to the link below the image to get more detailed information.

Reference: Mediterranean Marine and Coastal Environment in

case studies

We are, as a group, determined four case-studies focusing on three major aspects: the program, the context, and the climate. We are aimed the selected case studies to refer this term’s project at least in one aspect: MIO | Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography, Antalya.

Climate- Kid’s University, Paredes Pedrosa, Spain, 2011 which is located in a hot-humid climate. Kindergarden locates on a natural setting according to existing trees. Continuous facade acts as fences. Continuity in the material builds up the whole exterior. Roof’s slope is for reducing solar irradiation and prevents rainwater through the courtyard. White ceramic fence reflects the shadows of the nearby trees & adapts itself naturally. Natural shading by trees according to seasons.

Context- The Arsuf Residences, Gottesman-Szmelcman Architecture, Israel is on a cliffed shore, coastal line & similar kind of geological or topographic formation to Talya Hotel, Antalya. At the top of the site thus maximized sea view and natural light and standing againsts the strong winds.

Program- Oceonographic Observatory & International Accommodation Center For The Oceanological Observatory, Atelier Fernandez & Serres, France, 2013. An institute, research center. The mission of the Observatory include education, research, observation, conference & visiting research facilities.

Program- Aquatis Aquarium | Vivarium, Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés,  Switzerland, 2017. The Aquatis complex is, a science-based science park in the north of Lausanne. It has the characteristic of being at the same time, a scientific, technological, cultural and durable project. It consists of a hotel and the aquarium -vivarium & they are connected by a central mall that connects with the metro station, and with the car park.

This project is; educational because it is accessible to all audiences, it is above all a place of knowledge sharing that promotes interaction with researchers, carers and scientists. Many workshops exist to discover or deepen your knowledge; committed, towards the protection of our environment and more particularly the protection of fresh water, source of life; integrated, within a network of life sciences and the environment; scenographic, using modern digital technologies to reveal the richness of our planet’s biodiversity and to create a plural place with multiple levels of understanding and numerous surprises; ecoresponsible, built with optimised materials in terms of thermal performance and equipped with fluids which are neutral for the environment; strategic, located in a transport hub, it encourages environmentally friendly travel.


Kid’s University, Paredes Pedrosa, Spain, 2011

The Arsuf Residences, Gottesman-Szmelcman Architecture, Israel

Aquatis Aquarium | Vivarium, Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés,  Switzerland, 2017

Oceonographic Observatory & International Accommodation Center For The Oceanological Observatory, Atelier Fernandez & Serres, France, 2013

MIO | Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography, Antalya

This term’s project topic is Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography. The project site is located on a cliffed shore in Antalya’s Muratpaşa district on which Talya Hotel is situated. Talya Hotel was operated between 1975-2013 as the first five star hotel in Antalya, it remains idle now. The MIO which is going to be located in the site of Talya Hotel, as an Oceanographic center, will have multi-functional programmatic structure and the location of the site has great potential to contribute to the urban life of Antalya.