Aydıncık Beach Boutique Hotel
Aegean Hospitality



Office  Tornavida Design Type  New Construction Role  Design · Regulatory drawings Budget  1.5 million ₺ Size  500 m² Location  Aydıncık, Gökçeada · Ίμβρος Year  2012


This 16-room hotel is located on the Aegean island of Gökçeada along Aydıncık beach, renown among wind and kite surfers who come almost year-round from the Balkans and Europe. The area more generally is also frequented by Australians and New Zealanders who annually mark the anniversary of the Gallipoli landings on Anzac Day. The wind at Aydıncık is funneled over a large mudflat on a peninsula which, on the leeward side, produces a strong, steady offshore wind while the water has a glass flat surface.
The project sets a precedent for socially and environmentally responsible and contextually sensitive construction in an area newly slated for touristic development. While the proportions and materials are sensitive to the Northern Aegean vernacular and while some aspects of the design – such as the roof shape, pitch, and material – are prescribed by the building code, the massing and arrangement are functional, modern responses to the site and program. The buildings are stepped, following the terrain. The splayed arrangement breaks up the building mass, capitalizes on views of the beach and the Aegean, and allows most of the compact guest rooms to have windows along two walls. The site is permeable and opens to a planned plaza along the south side, and at night the area surrounding the pool serves as an outdoor bar.
The formal entrance and the view of the guestroom buildings from the swimming pool deck.
The swimming pool and open-air bar open onto a planned plaza.
The planning was complicated by the restrictive floor area ratio specified in the zoning code, large easements, and a slope on the eastern half of the site. Stairs are external and lightweight in order that they do not count toward the floor area. Likewise, restaurant seating is all'aperto under trellises and may be temporarily enclosed in cooler months.

The schematic design and subsequent regulatory drawing set were favorably received by the Gökçeada municipality and the provincial planning administration in Çanakkale.
Unobstructed views of the beach and Aegean lie to the south, east, and west.
The wind blows from the windward beach (top), which is popular for kite surfing, over the mudflat (center) to the offshore beach (bottom), which is popular for windsurfing. The building site is out of the frame to the left along the ridge bordering the mudflat.
The mudflat, called "Tüz Gölü," (left) and Aydıncık beach (right).
Typical Northern Aegean vernacular architecture in the largely abandoned town of Dereköy at the center of Gökçeada.
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