Elegant Home Surrounded By An Olive Grove

The T-House in Izmir, Turkey Is Quiet and Unobtrusive

Architect Onur Teke designed the T-House for a retired couple who are now residing in a village near the Aegean Sea. They are starting to integrate into local village life, and are tending lush olive trees in the surrounding area.

The house’s muted colors fit well with the dusty, mediterranean landscape. It was meant to respect and blend with the land, not to stand out and go against it. Glass windows are installed all throughout the house as an attempt to intimately connect with nature. Plenty of open outdoor spaces too.

The T-House measures 200 square meters or 2152 square feet.

This effortless connection between the interior and exterior spaces is very much in keeping with the lifestyle of the owners who spend a considerable part of their day in the open air. It is also a conscious (albeit modern and more transparent) reworking of the spatial theme of hayat, which is integral to Turkish vernacular traditions and is reflected here in the plan of the house as a semi-open core for daily chores and routines.

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