SAOTA has designed the recently completed Ritz-Carlton Residences, Bodrum - the first stand-alone branded residences for Marriott International in Europe, Middle East, and the Africa region. Set on a 126,000 sqm private peninsula, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Bodrum is in Yalıkavak, a coastal resort town of Bodrum surrounded by the Aegean Sea.
The 74 private villas in three types with ten different options include open floor plans ranging from two to five bedrooms with a private heated swimming pool, a landscaped garden, cabana and sun terraces, a pond at the entrance, a laundry room, and an advanced technical room for each.
The overall aesthetic is a contemporary interpretation of traditional vernacular. Designed to align with the architectural and environmental characteristics of Bodrum, the development blends with its surrounding contexts using locally sourced material, stone from the site and indigenous landscaping. Rather than expressing the forms as visually dominant white cubes in the landscape, the buildings' masses are articulated by materials to break down the visual impact of the overall form. The design comprises strong rectilinear forms, carefully proportioned to create an overall harmonious aesthetic. The planted roof and mass stone walls improve energy efficiency, reduce noise transfer and moderate heat gain.
The seamless indoor-outdoor living relationship extends the experience from the rear retaining walls to the furthest front deck. Each villa is uniquely designed with the response to regional climate in mind; some with the primary outdoor space and pool in front of the living area, others at the back with private courtyards sheltered from northern winds. The living room opens out onto a series of outdoor terraces that tumble down the landscape, following the natural topography of the site, creating intimate outdoor spaces that integrate with nature and capitalize on views.
The private peninsula also introduces the concept of barefoot luxury to its residents and offers a private lifestyle. The development also includes a secluded sand beach, sun terraces, a community pool, a swimmable natural pond, kids club, restaurant, fitness center, residence concierge & clubhouse with an owner's lounge, spa, media, and business room facilities.
Photography: Tolga Pakar