Last week Sam and I attended a series of design workshops and spent time on site reviewing the construction progress of a number projects that we have been involved with over the last twelve months. These exciting developments are located on a peninsula on Turkey’s Mediterranean west coast. It was great to have the opportunity to spend a few days wandering around the sites, checking out plants, colours and rocks and soaking up the sun (with a little bit of actual work done in between).
The projects, that we have been providing landscape design services for, include a 14.8ha leisure resort, a 30ha health resort and living community and two privately owned villas with a combined size of almost 10ha. Within these developments there are 2 private residences, 113 villas, 49 luxury residences, 67 hotel bungalows, 46 elite hotel suites, 8 tree houses, a spa hotel with 79 rooms and 11 courtyards, a leisure spa centre, 2 restaurants, sport and recreation zones, multiple pocket parks, a funicular, coastal recreation zones that include 5 beaches and an ocean promenade that links all these sites together.
The design process for these projects has been exciting and challenging; the rocky coastline the Mediterranean is famous for and inclines of over 100m on some of the sites present opportunities for an innovative and multidisciplinary approach. The vision is to create landscapes of the highest design standards; to design places where residents can relax and be immersed in nature. This is achieved through the protection of as many native tree and plant species as possible and the respect for the natural surrounding landscape.