HOTEL ENCLAVE

Location: Antalya, Turkey
Type: Boutique Hotel
Structure: Concrete
Year: 2008

The shifting movements of the sun are exploited in the building proposal for the Hotel Enclave in Antalya, Turkey. In this project, a thickened skin as a poché condition over the entire facade. The skin is created out of 8 precast concrete units. These units are staggered across the facade in order to balance the required glazing with the necessity for self shading to reduce solar heat gain. The units catch two forms of solar radiation, heat and light. The thick skin shades itself in an updated version of a brise-soleil and through the dimpling in the panels catches shadows producing an all-over optical effect. It is in these shadow plays of light that the Hotel Enclave develops its aesthetic argument. Each panel is dimpled toward a slightly different depth. These catch the light of the sun to create a shallow relief of vibrated shadows. The facade is conceived of as a bas-relief sculpture. Something that is in-between two and three dimensions. In many traditional architectures, the low-relief sculptural ornamentation and decoration is what animates the buildings surface. The building as a whole is static, but the ornament and decoration places the stasis of the building mass in tension with the animate dynamics of the sculptural relief. In the Hotel Enclave though it is not a specific location that is subject to the focus of an ornamental symbolism, instead the entire building is animate as an object. It is akin to a decorated minimalism. The shadow play is further intensified as the sun moves through the day creating radically different effects at different times. Of particular interest architecturally was how the pattern of dimpled panels moved across the corner condition. The building is held as a pure box with 90 degree corners, but the pattern is independent of the building geometry and optically moves through the corner. This was an attempt to estrange the building through a decoration of surface qualities at odds with the simplicity of the mass.

 

 
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