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Exploded House / GAD

  • 01:00 - 15 February, 2010
Exploded House / GAD
Exploded House / GAD, © Ali Bekman
© Ali Bekman

© Ali Bekman © Ali Bekman © Ali Bekman © Ali Bekman +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bodrum, Turkey
  • Architects

    Gokhan Avcioglu / GAD
  • Interior Design

    Hakan Ezer
  • Client

    Vedat Semiz, Sureyya Semiz
  • Project Area

    600 sqm
  • Area

    5000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. Bodrum is an Aegean, Mediterranean port-trade settlement with a history of more than three thousand years, including Hellenistic, Roman, Ottoman times.

An explosion of parts-open plan for outdoor living-passive ventilation-rainwater as a natural cooling system-harmony with the landscape-

Bodrum is a Mediterranean port-trade settlement in the Southwest of Turkey. The area boasts a rich history of over three thousand years, including Hellenistic times. The venerated scientist Heredot was born there and sculptures by artists including Leochares, Bryaxis, and Timotheos were exhibited there and can now be found in museum collections around the world.

The outdated codes restrict new forms of architecture being introduced to the landscape. To overcome this and create a more flexible building type, GAD created a house made from three separate buildings – a metaphor for a single building that has been “exploded” into many parts. Each individual unit, which complies with the regulatory size of 75 square meters, is built next to one another with a narrow space in between and is linked by a glass atrium.

Conceived as a single house, each building has a separate function: a master bedroom and bathroom; a kitchen and dining room; and a guesthouse with an adjacent study room.

© Ali Bekman
© Ali Bekman

The central glass vestibule acts as the entrance to the building as well as the main living area with 180° view of the stunning landscape and bay made possible by floor to ceiling windows. Operated electronically, the windows have the capacity to slide open flush to the ground, allowing for sea breezes to flood the interior. This innermost space is the focal point of the house and is connected to the three houses by a series of concrete ramps that reconcile the building with the landscape. An additional slope that can be used as a sun deck and for light recreational activities descends to the contiguous swimming pool located on land set at a slightly lower grade from the house. From here the ramp leads down the hillside to an additional self-contained apartment building that is set within the land and hidden from the house above.

The open-plan of the main house ensures that it is light and airy, a must in the summer. As a secondary precaution, the roof of the building is covered with pools that collect rainwater. The water cascades from the roof of one of the buildings to the other and is then circulated back round, creating a natural cooling system for a hot climate.

© Ali Bekman
© Ali Bekman

The “Exploded House” reinterprets traditional dwellings in the area, yet its angular structure that fits into the clefts in the hillside, remains in keeping with the natural environment and when seen from above the pools mirror the surrounding landscape and the endless vista of the bay and help mask the presence of the building on the hill.

Interior design: Owner has a vast antique collection, which consist of Hellenistic, Byzantine and Ottoman times. Generally there is always a problem for collectors houses :to turn to a museum.. Info structural conditions like the climate, daylight-artificial light and security become more dominant than the daily life ..

Interior designer Hakan Ezer successfully achieved to integrate these valuable collection pieces to the daily life without loosing the functionality..

In addition to this, we should not forget the owner couple’s open-mindness and preference of a livable house rather than a museum house.

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J.Z · January 20, 2011

Clever concept to get around the bureaucracy, It would be in interesting spatial flow. Which would be heathy, getting the occupant to "travel" from one space to another. Beautiful house, not so sure about the facade, but would love to visit it. :)

omid · December 26, 2010

cooooooooook guzel

Radu Neag · February 19, 2010

as vrea eu :) RT @LoanaV: @RaduNeag Apropo de inchirieri: buna zona?

Vultur Loana · February 19, 2010

@RaduNeag Apropo de inchirieri: buna zona?

dUFFY · February 17, 2010

Ye I think often decon buildings like these create these wonderful awkward corners, for the sake of having awkward crners. But i suppose if that's your thing and the client is still eating the Pseudo Decon bs, everyone's happy. It is a nice enough building thou :)

ballistamagazine · February 17, 2010

The problem with the idea of "explosion" is the issue of "cohesion", which is one of the primary criticisms of the deconstructivism movement in the 70s and 80s. Very rarely can objects that have been intentionally deconstructed be rearranged in a cohesive way. This project is not unique in that its exploded plan has led to some programmatic issues; however, the climate would suggest a short walk between these functions would not be an overly uncomfortable. Not bad, but a somewhat tired concept in my humble opinion. The end product is nice enough, just nothing spectacular.

rsantosfernandes · February 17, 2010

Amazing roof,but!
Why does the water on the pool roof looks like a render?

Nicholas Patten · February 17, 2010

I&#39d Live Here: Exploded House.

Gianluca · February 16, 2010

RT @laurenahayes: Beautiful - Exploded House

Greg Hay · February 16, 2010

RT @laurenahayes: Beautiful - Exploded House

Lauren Hayes · February 16, 2010

Beautiful - Exploded House

Michael Baugus · February 16, 2010

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xirclebox · February 16, 2010

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chas · February 16, 2010

I've never seen a "rainwater roof" before and wonder how well it would work. the intent is that the collected rainwater would evaporate and take heat with it, thereby cooling the building.
from a purely technical standpoint I worry about have a pool on the roof. as a architect I normally do everything in my power to avoid this situation because ponding exponentially increase the risk of roof infiltration and leaking.

I also wonder how long the water would last before evaporating completely leaving a empty dark roof. looking at the surrounding landscaping it appears that the house is in a dry climate that doesn't get enough rainfall to maintain the roof pools.


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