Alper Aytaç proceeds to the development of the DE Bodrum Museum, a ground-breaking design for contemporary Turkish artist Devrim Erbil


Ortakent, Bodrum, Turkey

Aytaç Architects’ founder Alper Aytaç unveils his design for DE Bodrum Museum, a repository that shall embrace Turkish artist Devrim Erbil’s vast repertoire, ranging from oil paintings to carpets, mosaics, and stained glass.

DE Bodrum Museum by Alper Aytac

Situated inside a beautiful garden filled with tangerine trees, the site of the DE Bodrum Museum is located just minutes away from Erbil’s existing studio in the town of Ortakent.

The architect’s primary objective is to provide a physical site capable of embracing the vast cerebral horizons of the artist’s diverse artworks.

DE Bodrum Museum by Alper Aytac

“In pondering a variety of typological museum models, we chose to design a project that would be defined by the sum of its many parts, in contrast to a single, monolithic structure,” explains Alper Aytaç, founder and lead architect of the firm bearing his name.

“We chose to create a series of individual galleries that will be embraced as pieces of the existing city fabric, blending seamlessly into the surrounding landscape of Bodrum’s whitewashed stucco homes.”

DE Bodrum Museum by Alper Aytac

Each of the galleries stands on separate supports, creating ample space for visitors to roam the grounds of the museum and the cool, shady area of its stunning garden.

Amenities will include a temporary exhibition space, a workshop, a café, and a bookshop, essentially becoming a new meeting place in the City of Bodrum. 

DE Bodrum Museum by Alper Aytac

The floating permanent galleries are arranged in a loop, beginning and ending in a museum spiral that connects to the garden level.

“That new condition creates a hybrid space that is neither just a building nor a garden, with a blue mosaic ceiling, suspended above the hybrid space, rhythmically vibrates above the garden and becomes the main façade,” says Alper Aytaç.

DE Bodrum Museum by Alper Aytac

“And like a branching tree, the lifted structure creates a roof that frames the entire public square, with the fragmented structure organized in a grid that aligns with the tangerine trees and the artist’s studio.”

The two-story, 1,357m² museum sits on a 5,000m² site that includes the artist’s studio.

DE Bodrum Museum by Alper Aytac

In order to preserve the natural context and identity of the tangerine garden, a majority of the whitewashed stucco-built areas will be constructed using steel frames on concrete slabs, with pillars floating above the ground level. 

The elevated design also serves to offset any possible high groundwater due to flooding.

DE Bodrum Museum by Alper Aytac

Additionally, a single underground structure will be built to collect and store rainwater for use in the hot summer months of the Mediterranean climate. 

A 32kw/hr solar array will also be installed on a green roof to help reduce the energy required to maintain the museum.

DE Bodrum Museum by Alper Aytac

 On the ground level, the designer has designed glass-enclosed public areas sitting beneath the white stucco volumes to preserve maximum transparency and minimize impacts on the garden level.

That transparency serves to blur the lines between the site’s interior and exterior spaces. 

DE Bodrum Museum by Alper Aytac

The floating volumes will provide further shade for the garden, surfaced in custom blue mosaic tiles designed in collaboration with the artist.

A spiraling steel wheelchair ramp connects the garden to the museum above, serving as an interface with the artist’s permanent galleries. 

DE Bodrum Museum by Alper Aytac

The ramp gradually becomes enclosed as it reaches the second level, with its southern wall punctured to create rays of light in the celestial birth pattern of the artist. 

The rest of the museum enclosure will feature north-facing slits to capture natural light.

DE Bodrum Museum by Alper Aytac
DE Bodrum Museum by Alper Aytac

Project: DE Bodrum Museum
Architects: Aytaç Architects
Lead Architect: Alper Aytaç
Project Assistant: Hanse Yalcinkaya
3D Visuals: Ivabox

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