The idea of building a summer house in Bodrum was initiated by a phone call from our architect friend Murat Artu. When we arrived at Ortakent-Yahşi near Bodrum, where we had acquired the land without seeing it, we were surprised to find out that we had bought a considerable part of the Göktepe Mountain.
The view was spectacular but, the construction, drainage process and landscaping were extremely difficult to carry out.
Today we are feeling the pleasure of living on that spot which is now surrounded by olives, pine nut conifers and cypresses.
The building in two stories consists of an upper hall surrounded by bedrooms, and a lower one again surrounded by bedrooms, all integrated with the spectacular view to the sea as well as the swimming pool at lower level.
Using the total potential of the view, the building was designed as a terrace house, in harmony with the topography.
The in-house staircase connecting the upper and lower levels, hosts a magnolia tree at its center, protected by a semi-circular transparent dome which can easily be opened up when wanted.
The actual living area was initially planned to be 150-200 m2, but due to the elevation dfferences, the total usable space ended up at 600 m2.