Pamukkale can be seen from a great distance, even when it is on the opposite side of the valley, about 20 km from the city of Denizli. A strongly identifiable place, which already marks the territory with its presence. Why could this be said that nothing could be done to mark a territory so strong ? Perhaps one of the ways to act is the most archetypal action that exists: excavation, as man did with the cave. The design choice is to “camouflage” within the context, inhabiting this stone soil. Eroding it, digging it down, hopping it, recalling it how to make Cappadocia architecture on one side and the primary forms of the square on the other, which for centuries inhabit the gaps in water in Hierapolis.

The service environments dig into the wall, following the scanning of the tanks and rhythmizing the Pamukkale prospect. The different functions are thus located along the path, offering different services to travel through this magical place, taking primitive caves, places as places. These are not in a single building, but in the natural landscape, the only protagonist of this place. People are going down the tub after bath, and, according to the project, they can stop after each dive. Like a staircase, every excavated site becomes a direct accessory of the landing between a pool and the other. Each room is in travertine and made of travertine stone.

Only two elements emerge from the ground, defining relationships with the landscape: a stair, like Mirador, observation point and a travertine plate, which imposes its presence with a precise geometry but rotated respect to the rest of the grid.

architect . vacuum
location . Pamukkale, 

client . Rethinking Architecture Competition

status . Second Prize