GAD Architecture showcased Eskisehir Hotel and Spa in Eskişehir/Eskisehir, Turkey.
The property’s project coordinator was Nesime Önel; while the design team included: Ertugrul Morcol, Carlos Valderama, Gizem Kiroglu,Omer Karaer,Durak Arıkan, Ayşegül Altuğ, Derya Arpac,Mehmet Baykara, Asli Genc, and and Muge Tan.
The project was said to be influenced and inspired by Eskisehir’s thermal water resources. The locals believe that the hot water has healing features and it could improve the health of anyone who used it.
The project is a modern interpretation of Odunpazari’s vernacular architecture and existing historical texture. The site plan was formed after consideration of the existing trees’ positions in order to minimize the damage to the site. The complex includes a spa and wellness center in the middle, and accommodation units on the perimeter. There is also a hotel, a wedding venue, and guest bungalows located in a hillside pine forest.
The spa and wellness center is buried in the ground in order to benefit from the land’s geothermal features. The roof of the underground structure has the pools, pool decks and sunbath terrace. The domes placed in the pools work as roof-lights to allow natural daylight inside. The filtered light in the spa creates the illusion of a traditional hamam under a dome.
The resort is built around the spa, which comprises the core and center of the building. The idea of the Eskisehir Spa & Thermal Hotel was conceived to use the natural resource for the spa. The hotel is tiered following the natural topography, and revolves around the spa. The wedding venue is designed as a separate function from the hotel.
The project also touches on sustainable design aspects by making use of wind and solar energy. The geothermal energy is not used only in the spas, but also for the space heating during cold seasons, via a geothermal heat pump system. Also, any kind of recyclables are collected throughout the complex, including cardboard, plastic bottles, glass bottles, steel and aluminum cans, office paper, newspaper, fluorescent light bulbs, cooking oil, toner cartridges, batteries, pallets and crates.
All photographs courtesy of GAD Architecture