Yalikavak Palmarina

Yalikavak Palmarina, Bodrum - Turkey, Emre Arolat Architects
Construction year: 2012
Address: Yalikavak | BODRUM | Turkey
Latitude/Longitude: 37.1057, 27.282

Yalikavak Palmarina that is located at Yalikavak and which was one of the silent and untouched bays of Bodrum Peninsula until near past, changed hands in recent years. The new investor decided to blow down all the buildings constructed by the previous owner and to renew the marina by furnishing it with various facilities. Firstly, “the island ” that has been left empty by the previous investor and that is connected to the mainland with a narrow pedestrian road was handled. As a result of an approach that may be described as quite revolutionary, a new arrangement that provides the anchorage of mega yachts and additional service buildings that inhabit various eating, drinking and entertaining facilities were planned.

The main motivation of the design, on one hand, aimed to correspond fully to the needs and desire of the newcomers. At the same time, creating a series of spaces that would set a dialogue with the authentic qualities of the place, find its belongingness in the built and social aura of Yalikavak, which can be named as being Mediterranean was strived for. The design could easily become generic and end up as and alien to its place, because of its room schedule. Instead,  a building language which took its structure from the genetic code of the orthogonal planimetry of historical cities that existed at this region was strived for and the composition of volumes in different heights was embraced. While the open, semi-open and closed spaces followed a very gridal order, it was aimed that the linear wall would mostly behave as a seperator but sometimes as an indicator and the central space between this wall and the volumes was planned to function as a kind of welcoming, meeting and gathering space. Just like in the ancient Mediterranean cities, all horizontal and vertical surfaces were covered with natural stone, being the only material. In this way, the volumetric composition could create a clear plasticity.

The Yalikavak Palmarina, that has been open to public with the name of its new owner, is the output of a design thought that tries to avoid alienation to its place, but at the same time keeps in mind that it is a “newcomer” and which also aims at being both acquaintance and authentic.

Parcel Area: 90,000 m2
Gross Area: 8,200 m2
Stores: 35 Units
Capacity: 6000 People
Client: Palmali Team
Design Team: Gonca Paşolar, Leyla Kori, Deniz Kösemen, Rıfat Yılmaz, Ibrahim Anıl Biçer, Makbule Yıldırım, Yalçın Kaskal, Yadigar Esen Yadigar Esen
Structural Project: Nodus Engineering
Mechanical Project: Beta Teknik
Electricity: Aykar Engineering
Infrastructure: Ekiz Proje

Contributed by Emre Arolat Architects

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