A new health and wellness resort planned for a Turkish coastal town appears to lift out of the ground into a series of rolling hills. Designed by architecture firm ENOTA, the sprawling green-roofed Tetusa Oasis Thermal Resort just received the green light for construction in Cesme, Turkey. Designed to mimic the surrounding hilly terrain, this lush resort taps into the landscape’s thermal waters to offer a spa, waterpark, hotel, medical prevention center, elderly care facility, and other health and wellness programs.
Set amidst a low-rise housing area, the Tetusa Oasis Thermal Resort derives its form from landscape inspiration as well as zoning regulations that limited the square footage that can be placed above ground. As a result, ENOTA tucked part of the development underground and designed circular green-roofed building blocks with inner courtyards that function like atriums to let in ample sunlight into the subterranean levels. Like mini oases, these courtyards are filled with trees and water features.
The circular buildings are not uniform in shape or size and take on height differences to optimize or hide views and improve access to natural light. “When adding additional levels to the building the whole building block is adapted to fit to sloping terrain,” wrote the architects. “With introducing also some additional height difference to allow views from the atrium towards the surroundings the basic building block gets very recognizable and attractive shape. The building as a whole is designed by repetition and multiplication of basic building blocks. In that way different programs are organized around separated outer spaces helping to differentiate the parts of the building. Every block is again modified according to terrain. The blocks are then connected to each other forming the entire complex.” Construction on the Tetusa Oasis Thermal Resort is set to begin next year.