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Hotel Argos in Cappadocia

Hotel Argos in Cappadocia

This boutique hotel complex is made up of a restored series of ruins in the historic townsite of Uchisar, in the old, abandoned neighbourhood on the hillside facing Pigeon Valley.

The planning process started in 1996 with surveys and typological research under the leadership of Turgut Cansever, and continued for eight years.

A series of traditional houses adjacent to one another were restored or re-constructed with traditi...

Müze Hall (2015-2017)
Kavak Mansion (2014-2016)
Tıraz Mansion (2012-2013)
White Mansion (2010-2011)
Gemil Mansion (2006-2009)
Vasil Mansion (2005-2009)
Mansion With a Tunnel (2001-2006)
Monastery Mansion and Bezirhane (Monastery Hall) (1996-2002)

Employer: Argos Turizm

Location: Uçhisar

Project Date: 1996 - ...

Construction: 1997 - ...

Uçhisar Women's Place

Uçhisar Women's Place

The restoration of two historic school buildings and their yards, abandoned in 2010 when a new school was built, provided us with the site of this project. Both buildings were examples of Republican period school buildings, one of them constructed in 1930 and the second one in the 1960’ies.
In 2015, after restoration, the women of Uçhisar set up Kadıneli (Woman’s Hands), here -- a restaurant where they serve home made meals, and a bout...

Employer: Uçhisar Belediyesi - Şahenk İnisiyatifi

Location: Uçhisar

Project Date: 2015

Construction: 2015

Talas Vineyard House

Talas Vineyard House

This project was developed for a graduate of the Talas American College, who wanted to spend his vacations near his beloved former school. It’s an experimental design proposing to use the stone construction methods of traditional vineyard houses in the region, for a modern house. With windows and terraces opening to the vineyards to the North, the design made references to the modern period structures of the Talas American College.
This pr...

Employer: Tuncay Sergen

Location: Talas / Kayseri

Project Date:  2013 

Construction:

Cevizli Ev (House with a Walnut Tree)

Cevizli Ev (House with a Walnut Tree)

This is a house intended to serve as residence to employees of argos in Cappadocia who come from different regions. It is located on the plains to the southwest of the village, in the new residential area of Uchisar. The house has 17 rooms in varying sizes, and several common spaces.
In the construction, the project has used reinforced concrete along with local stones.
The architectural design makes some references to the jutting features...

Employer: Argos Turizm

Location: Uçhisar

Project Date: 2014

Construction: 2015

Develioğlu Evi (Develioğlu House)

Develioğlu Evi (Develioğlu House)

This was a three-storey residence in ruins, leaning on the hillside on a 262 m2 lot. The surveys were aproved in 2011 and the restoration project, in 2014. During the restoration, the rock-carved spaces among the ruins were meticulously preserved, and a 4 bedroom house was designed, with a total indoor space of 450 m2....

Employer: Osman-Lale Develioğlu

Location: Uçhisar

Project Date: 2011

Construction: 2015

Kopp House

Kopp House

This is the project of the restoration of one of the rare structures still standing in Uçhisar, as an addition to neighbouring Asmali Cave Hotel. The remains of a 375 m2 traditional building on a 210 m2 lot were designed to become an accommodation unit with 5 rooms.
Because of delays in the review process of the Heritage Preservation Committee, the stages of research, design and project were completed in 2015. The owner is carrying out the exec...

Employer: Evelyn Kopp

Location: Uçhisar

Project Date: 2013

Construction: 2016

Göreme VIP Lounge

Göreme VIP Lounge

A rock-carved space of 38 m2 within the Göreme Open Air Museum, that had been used as a coffee-shop, was designed and developed as a lounge to welcome VIP visitors. The cave was cleaned, re-furbished and decorated within the framework of simple repairs....

Employer: Nevşehir Müze Müdürlüğü

Location: Göreme

Project Date: 2013

Construction: 2014

Köse House

Köse House

This is the project of the restoration of an old, three-level structure in disrepair, located on the hillside below the fortress of Ortahisar, to create a holiday residence. The house, immediately adjacent to the market place, belongs to an Ortahisar family whose decision to return to Ürgüp has made it available for restoration. Including the rock carved spaces revealed during the process of cleaning, it’s a three storey house with 110m2 of living...

Employer: Necla Köse

Location: Ortahisar

Project Date: 2013

Construction: 2014

Hotel Görürgöz

Hotel Görürgöz

This project consists of the design of public areas such as the reception, lobby and restaurant of a hotel planned for a very special rocky area in the village of Mustafapaşa. The project is located in an extraordinary valley uncovered during the cleaning of an urban archaeological site in the village. It comprises three reinforced concrete structures on a 350 m2 lot.
The project concept places all the rooms of the hotel in rock-carved spaces...

Employer: Özcan Görürgöz

Location: Mustafapaşa

Project Date: 2013 - 2014

Construction:

Öztürk House

Öztürk House

This structure is located on the outskirts of the village of Mustafapaşa, in an area reserved for vineyard houses. The project was prepared for a couple with three children, wishing to live here after retirement. The couple wanted a modern house with features resembling those of the historical, traditional architecture in Mustafapaşa. The house makes use of the rock formation under the foundation, and also provides a garden. It’s located on a 29...

Employer: Berrin & Önder Öztürk

Location: Mustafapaşa

Project Date: 2013

Construction: 2013 - 2014

Ermeç House

Ermeç House

A traditional house in ruins in the old neighbourhood of Uchisar was restored to create a 3-bedroom house. The structure had a 379 m2 of construction area, on a parcel of 113m2. The project was approved in 2008, construction started in 2010 and was completed in 2012....

Employer: Ramiz Orhan Ermeç

Location: Uçhisar

Project Date: 2008

Construction: 2011 - 2012

Bigalı Evi

Bigalı Evi

This project transformed a ruined structure reflecting the traditional texture of Uçhisar, into a modern 3-room residence. The stone construction of the house was re-done in its entirety and the rock-carved spaces were supported with arches. It’s a 250 m2 house on a 250 m2 lot....

Employer: Derya Bigalı

Location: Uçhisar

Project Date: 2007

Construction: 2007 - 2009

Eltemur House

Eltemur House

This structure is located on the hillside facing the Pigeon Valley. It’s at an important spot, and is one of a series of attached houses. The building, in the traditional style, was mostly solid, so simple restoration methods were applied, using the existing layout to restore it as a 4-room residence. Living space of 260 m2 was provided on a lot of 153 m2....

Employer: Hülya Eltemur

Location: Uçhisar

Project Date: 2008

Construction: 2008 - 2009

Mönch House

Mönch House

This structure that was designed as a summer house for a German family is located at the recent development area on the West of Ortahisar, and is surrounded by new residential buildings. It’s a single storey building, where the reinforced concrete carcass system is supported by masonry walls. The house is distinguished by the simplicity of its clean lines. The aim in the design of the space inside the house was to provide a view of the Fortress of O...

Employer: Herbert Helmut Mönch

Location: Ortahisar

Project Date: 2006

Construction: 2006 - 2007

Taş Konaklar Hotel

Taş Konaklar Hotel

This project has transformed the remains of a structure in one of the abandoned and ruined neighbourhoods of Uchisar, facing the Pigeon Valley, into a 14-room hotel.
The project has covered a useable area of 1650m2. The structural parts still standing were reinforced, and the ruined parts were re-designed with restoration techniques. The hotel opened in 2007....

Employer: KMP Tur.Yat.Tic.AŞ

Location: Uçhisar

Project Date: 2002

Construction: 2004 - 2006

Delmas House

Delmas House

With this project, two four-storey structures on the south western slopes of Uçhisar within the urban archaeological site were transformed into a house. The reinforced concrete sections of the existing structures were largely re-constructed and the rock-carved spaces were reinforced. Each of the rooms opening to the yards and terraces of the house were furbished as units that include living spaces and bathrooms. A large kitchen, dining room and livi...

Employer: Nesrin Giray Delmas

Location: Uçhisar

Project Date: 2004

Construction: 2004 - 2007

Lipoff House

Lipoff House

This is a house in the abandoned, old neighbourhood of Uçhisar, facing Pigeon Valley, and within the urban archaeological protected site. The floor levels and wall marks were clearly discernible in the still standing parts of the old house.
The rock-carved spaces were cleaned and supported with arches, and the structure was re-constructed by following the traces of the original construction. The house was a summer residence belonging to a Fren...

Employer: Daniele - Ivan Lipoff

Location: Uçhisar

Project Date: 2003

Construction: 2003 - 2004

Hotel Argos in Cappadocia

Hotel Argos in Cappadocia

The project of revitalizing the ruined texture in the Hanönü neighborhood of Uçhisar by transforming it into a hotel has been going on since l996 and continues with a series of new plans for the period 2015 – 2018. The hotel has been serving its clientele with 54 rooms, a restaurant for 90 people, various lobbies and a multi-purpose vaulted hall carved in the rocks (Bezirhane). Now there are plans to add a new restaurant, multi-purpose hall, Turk...

Employer: Argos Turizm San. Tic. A.Ş.

Location: Uçhisar

Project Date: 1997 - ...

Construction: 1997

Argos Vineyard House

Argos Vineyard House

This project was for en experimental, contemporary structure located in the midst of Argos’s vineyards in the Kızılırmak region. It would be made with local stone-compacted soil-mud brick techniques.
The purpose here was to apply the mud-brick techniques used traditionally in the village of Karaburma near the vineyards. The project was developed with architect Timur Ersen, but execution has not taken place....

Employer: Argos Bağcılık ve Şarapçılık

Location: Gülşehir

Project Date: 2016

Construction:

Hotel Pakova

Hotel Pakova

This hotel will be built on a 10.000 m2 lot in the South of Ürgüp, in an architectural language that refers to the traditional, multi-layered structures in Cappadocia.
Large spaces for common use within a spacious interior court will shelter visitors from the view of unattractive construction in the region and provide recreational opportunities. The project that was developed with architects Ramazan and Seden Avci hasn’t yet reached the stage...

Employer: San İş İnş.

Location: Ürgüp

Project Date: 2013 - 2014

Construction:

Orhaniye Moonlight Coast

Orhaniye Moonlight Coast

This is a project for 9 units of accommodation and an eating area, set on the coast known as « the Moonlight Coast » near the village of Orhaniye in Mugla. 3 types of accommodation with minimal contact with the ground were designed on a lot surrounded by pines, but the project was not applied....

Employer: Özcan Pehlivan - Esat Ergil - Nuray Akgül

Location: Muğla / Marmaris

Project Date: 2013

Construction:

Cevizlibag Arrangements

Cevizlibag Arrangements

A very special valley formation to the north east of Uçhisar had become unappealing and unusable because of a road constructed through the valley in the eighties, and by various commercial establishments selling trinkets to tourists in makeshift sheds along that road.
Our proposals to re-arrange the chaotic structures with a high-quality design to re-gain the valley have remained in the early stages of planning. In the first proposal, we worke...

Employer: - (Sosyal sorumluluk projesi)

Location: Uçhisar

Project Date: 2011

Construction:

Terzioğlu Houses

Terzioğlu Houses

This is the project of documenting with surveys, seven mansions in Ürgüp, four of which are registered as historic, that have witnessed the life of a large family. The surveys have been completed on a 2200 m2 area, but restoration hasn’t started....

Employer: Hasan Terzioğlu 

Location: Ürgüp

Project Date: 2008 – 2012

Construction:

Göreme VIP Lounge

Göreme VIP Lounge

A rock-carved space of 38 m2 within the Göreme Open Air Museum, that had been used as a coffee-shop, was designed and developed as a lounge to welcome VIP visitors. The cave was cleaned, re-furbished and decorated within the framework of simple repairs....

Employer: Uçhisar Belediyesi

Location: Uçhisar

Project Date: 2011

Construction:

Domed Church

Domed Church

Domed Church is located in the Soğanlı valley of Kayseri, called the gate to Cappadocia, and the setting of a series of late period rock-churches. The Domed Church is special among them because of its interiors and also because it’s the only structure with a discernible exterior dome carved from the rock.
The structure is compromised because five of the eight legs bearing the weight of the central dome frame are broken.
The Domed Church...

Employer: Sosyal Sorumluluk Projesi

Location: Kayseri / Soğanlı

Project Date:

Construction:

Tiraz Fortress

Tiraz Fortress

Tiraz Fortress is the name given to a group of fairy chimneys leaning on one another, that contribute to the distinctive silhouette of Uçhisar. The group of rock-carved structures in 7 – 8 levels located within the historical texture of Uçhisar is made up of six fairy chimneys rising between the Pigeon Valley and the neighbourhood of Kayabaşı, the neighbourhood that also includes the hotel argos in Cappadocia. We’re working on the idea of deve...

Employer: Argos Turizm

Location: Uçhisar

Project Date:  2008

Construction: