A traditional groundbreaking ceremony was held in Üzümlü on Monday 18 February to officially mark the beginning of construction of a new wedding salon, arts and culture centre.

New arts and culture centre for Üzümlü
Photograph courtesy of Zeynep Ebru Aksoy
New arts and culture centre for Üzümlü
Photograph courtesy of Zeynep Ebru Aksoy
New arts and culture centre for Üzümlü
Photograph courtesy of Zeynep Ebru Aksoy

The new development will replace the existing wedding hall, a single-purpose building that is unused at other times.

The new project, designed by architect, Zeynep Ebru Aksoy, will be built around a courtyard and includes a main hall, shop, workshops and an administrative building.

Photograph courtesy of Zeynep Ebru Aksoy

Courtyard

The heart of the centre, the courtyard will de defined by buildings on all four sides, linked by a continuous porch.

Planted with local, Mediterranean plants and herbs showing off the lush biodiversity of Üzümlü, the courtyard, as well as being a place for people to meet and relax, will be used as a gathering and activity space or an extension of the main hall.

Photograph courtesy of Zeynep Ebru Aksoy

Main Hall

The main hall will be used for weddings as well as other gatherings, shows or meetings. The hall will accommodate over 250 people and can also be extended into the courtyard for larger gatherings.

The building will include a lobby, restrooms and dedicated kitchen, all in a good natural flow.

The extensive inclined roof surface will be coated with earth tiles to blend in with its surroundings.

New arts and culture centre for Üzümlü

Shop

Located at the main entrance, the shop will be accessible from both the street and the courtyard and have dual frontage, making it an attraction point and encouraging entry to the courtyard.

New arts and culture centre for Üzümlü

Workshops

Purpose built for handicrafts & arts, the workshops will be accessible from both the courtyard and the street at the back of the complex. The plan includes two workshop spaces of 40m² each with a kitchenette and overlooking the central courtyard.

Administrative Building

The administrative building will house Fethiye Municipality offices and will be easily accessible on foot or by car.

The new complex will provide a purpose built space combining good use of shaded and comfortable outdoor spaces with cosy indoor options.

A place for cultural and social life in Üzümlü to flourish.

Architectural Design and update provided by Zeynep Ebru Aksoy.

Ebru is an architect and permaculture designer from Üzümlü. Having worked as an architect, contractor, designer, manager and owner in corporate projects in both Turkey and CIS countries between 1994 – 2015, she followed her inner guidance to be living and working in tune with nature. This is how she found and relocated to Yeşilüzümlü. Her main workshop is in the central square of Yeşilüzümlü.

www.ekolojikyerlesim.org

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