Oriental house whose architecture and design evokes the Mediterranean

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Istanbul-based Ofist Studio has designed Y House, located in Gölköy, Bodrum, Turkey. Interiors of this oriental house evokes local culture and the Mediterranean.

Description by Ofist: The Y House is situated within the Mandarin Oriental Residences in Golkoy, Bodrum. The project’s main focus was to evoke the Mediterranean and to create a house harmonious with the local culture and geographical context. A house to be used any time throughout the year by a family with two teenagers. Simple yet sophisticated, homely yet elegant.

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Natural materials like wood, iron and stone were applied and local tradition was implemented through the use of slate on the walls, textured plaster walls and lath ornaments. A floating panel covers the plain ceiling that was in place before adding an element that evokes traditional wooden structured ceilings that are present in historic buildings in the surrounding area. The goal was to gather all these materials and approaches together yet still fulfil the contemporary needs of a modern family.

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The design was in many way influenced by the family who had been in the fashion business for many years, were known to follow the lastest fashion trends and styles and were of course incredibly knowledgeable about different fabrics and techniques. The family had created a ‘mood board’ which helped to articulate in the mind’s of the designers just what stylistic approach to take.

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During the design process it was interesting for the designers to strike the balance between the fast and consuming world of fashion design with their knowledge of longlasting and solid architectural design. The designers described the process as “exciting to connect the trendy pieces, colours and ideas with our more settled approaches which are kind of trying to stay away from trends.”

Architect: Ofist, Turkey
Photography: Ali Bekman

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