It Takes a Village
Craig Kellogg -- Interior Design, 1/1/2013 2:00:00 AM
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|Project Name: Amanruya|
Firm: Emine Öğün Mehmet Öğün Architects Co
Location: Bodrum, Turkey
Square feet: 97,000-square-foot
The luxury hospitality operator agreed, and engaged the architects to create Amanruya, a 97,000-square-foot compound that includes 36 freestanding stone guesthouses connected by a labyrinth of stone paths. Walls are locally quarried strawberry stone,the regional name for rose-colored slate, grouted with pink mortar. “It adds a joyful quality,” Mehmet Öğün says of the effect.
The many lounges take the form of Turkish open-air pavilions ringed by traditional built-in sofas. Some have ceilings and floors of African mahogany, which gives way to Turkish marble in the major public spaces, guest rooms, and bathrooms, where it also covers the walls, one of the few touches of conventional opulence. But the resort mostly emulates the design aesthetics of its predecessor: traditional materials, forms, and practices used in a low-key modern way. Take the fantastical pebble-mosaic paths made by local women, for example. “The whole team became part of the design,” explains Emine Öğün, their contribution now literally set in stone.
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