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Architecture as the Extension of Topography

Hebil 157 Houses is a manifestation of this idea.

Five unique villas are spread over five acres overlooking the tranquil panorama of Hebil Bay. Each villa is positioned strategically. All equally benefit from vast and wonderful views of the bay as they interact with the surrounding Aegaean landscape, and the Mediterranean Breeze. The five villas are shaped and formed like the crystalized lava flows of the legendry Volcano Kos once located near the Hebil 157 site. Erupting out the terrain dramatically, the vortexing "Bodrum White" masses mege into the background with serenity. Embracing the century old olive trees the central courtyard pays homage to the local flora. Large glass surfaces bring the picturesque landscape inside, blurring the division between inside and outside. The influence of the volcano is experienced both in materiality and spatial organization. The spaces are fluidly connected, rejecting compartmentalization. No stone other than volcanic basalt has been used in the interior spaces. For the external spaces, local volcanic agglomerate, the output of in-situ excavations has been used extensively.

The project investigates the rich relationship between the dynamics and complex forces of nature, which transforms into a relaxing therapeutic environment, ornamented with then thousand lavendars


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