Mi’Costa Hotel Residences
Mi’Costa Hotel and Residences Project is one of the nominated projects from Turkey for Mies Van Der Rohe 2015, that is most prestigious European Union Prize. The project Micosta is located in magnificent Boyalik beach in Çeşme Peninsula, Izmir. Çeşme Peninsula excels from its sea, climate and thermal springs. Hotels and houses are very common in the region.
Each room in Micosta, is design to see the sea coast uninterruptedly. Moreover, structures in the project area come down closer to the sea (at the same time to prevent from the wind) and some of the structures composed of high. Buildings can also be accessible from two fronts that have come down to external fields. The lower floors can take the sun on the South side to the bright and spacious gardens.
Active solar orientation (south) lies directly behind the project. Hot and windy climate has been the determining factor for those facts. Extensive use of open space for each unit garden-terrace areas are formed. Sky and the horizon to seek to meet these areas and to get more sun light into the middle of a courtyard, the structure is moved to south direction for 2 meters on each floor. This shift from the southern direction also provided to create advantageous and effective sun shadow area. The units have inner and outer spaces to use according to different weather conditions. In addition to being in a seafront location, courtyard sheltered areas have designed to prevent houses from the wind of north. This courtyard creates a space for each unit to meet up and disperse. Moreover, entrance lobby, social center, restaurant and spa areas are reachable from this courtyard. Besides, the open spaces cover the swimming pool and thermal pool areas.
There are two entrances to the project area. The central area is being accessed by the main entrance lounge. In addition, an upper rib entry can be made on the north side.
The project designed to ecological and sustainability criteria. Emphasis was placed on the use of passive climatic data. The orientation of the project was creating shadows by using the sun’s angle of incidence. Also by taking the advantage of the northern lights and turning in to a positive part of this project. At the same time, units with two fronts contribute to the interior space ventilation meaning that two front-units can benefit from this north-south air-ventilation. During the winter, thermal energy is provided by geothermal water. Fire water tanks and pool water is obtained by the method of reverse osmosis. Widely used electric power is also contributing from the commonly used wind turbines in Çeşme. The structural system of concrete is a skeleton system. GFRC high-performance glass has been used at the facades.