(April 2010) Building sites overlooking the open sea call for unhindered view. Turkish architects Gokhan Avcioglu (GAD) and Dara Kırmızıtoprak (DK) solved the assignment set by building CastleRock by Bodrum brilliantly. The shape of the units and the staggered arrangement welcomes each new day with a standing ovation in this complex reminiscent of the auditorium of an amphitheatre with the ocean serving as its stage.
Today playing the role of a popular holiday resort on the south coast of Turkey, Bodrum’s historic backdrop still offers historic theatre sites dating back to the 4th century B.C.
CastleRock counts 16 „spectator partitions“ i.e. houses staggered in several „rows“ over the cliff each hidden from neighbours view by lateral walls giving visual cover. Openings in the walls offer „spectators“ uninterrupted viewing pleasure from dawn till dusk.
The concrete walls are clad in 3 – 5 cm-thick travertine slabs. To keep building costs to a minimum three standardized floor plans adapted to the site were developed. Each terrain has its own swimming pool and garden. The buildings are conceived as duplexes and triplexes respectively.
The name CastleRock draws an analogy to the Castle of Saint Peter, one of the last examples of Crusader architecture in the East built by the Knights Hospitaller of Rhodes, and the fortification in the city’s historical centre. In antique times Bodrum was called Halikarnassos and served as home to the burial monument of the Persian Ruler Mausolos, who lent his name to the temple-like tomb structure considered one the Wonders of the World. The city was destroyed by Alexander the Great and repeatedly ravaged by earthquakes. Only recently was it rediscovered as a tourist resort.
Gokhan Avcioglu (GAD)
Dara Kırmızıtoprak (DK)
Photos: Ozlem Avcioglu, Melis Eyuboglu