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Located on Iztuzu Beach in southern Turkey, the Marine Turtle Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation Center will raise awareness of the wildlife that calls the unique home of the ecosystem. In a true environmentally conscious architectural form, the design was inspired by the natural curves and traces of the beach waves and the surrounding native pines and reeds, which help to shape the ecosystem.
KÂAT Architects won the design honor wild life center in a national competition organized by the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanization. According to KÂAT, the center will "ensure the cyclical continuity of the natural and cultural resources of Iztuzu beach and its ecosystem, which is considered to be one of the rarest natural ecosystems in the world."
The architects were also inspired by the "timidity of the crown" in the area, the natural phenomenon in which certain species are found trees do not touch each other in an effort to allow others to live and grow on their own, without intrusion or obstruction. Intended to create an organically influenced structure that can exist peacefully with the rest of the environment, the Marine Turtle Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation Center will certainly add to the already beautiful landscape.
The center will house several canopy structures, in the form of imitation of the surrounding trees while reflecting the slope of the topography. The structures will be lifted off the ground, allowing natural life, soil and soil to remain as undisturbed as possible. Each canopy conforms to its neighbor with closed, semi-open and open spaces, built between narrow columns that mimic the nearby tree trucks.
The marine turtle research, rescue and rehabilitation center, nicknamed the DEKAMER station, will go further producing a negative carbon footprint. The design team hopes that the environmentally sensitive facility will motivate and encourage researchers, volunteers and visitors to do their part in protecting the various wild animals found where Anatolia meets the Mediterranean in southern Turkey.
Images by KÂAT Architects
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