This staff dormitory and caretaker’s house are located in the mountains along the road to Abant. The buildings line a driveway leading to a large plot of land that is planned to be the site of several guest houses. The buildings slightly cantilever over two continuous, parallel stone walls. Wood clad residential floors are articulated to distinguish them from the concrete framed spaces below, which house active garages and ateliers.
Particular attention was placed on the subjective experience of the temporary and permanent workers who will inhabit the buildings. The living and working spaces are distinct, clear and geometrical. Generous living rooms with high, pitched ceilings and fireplaces are glazed along one side with views of the Bolu Mountain range. Deep, sheltered terraces allow for indoor-outdoor living in the summer months.
The buildings are oriented so that their longer façades are warmed by the southern sun, while the court between the buildings is sunken to create a micro climate that catches the sun but is protected from the northern winds coming up the hill. Fenestration along the northern side is correspondingly long and low. A “REMOTE” wall system was used which provides a well-insulated yet breathable, durable, economic and healthy building envelope.
The wood sheathing and standing-seam zinc roof are detailed to be extremely durable, but at the same time will take on a natural patina within the first year, so that the building will quickly look as if it has become a part of the landscape in which it sits.