Symphony of Modernity and History

Villa Bodrum, Turkey

Deutsche Werkstätten services:
Interior furnishing

Completion 2008


Bodrum, also known in ancient times as Halicarnassus, the birthplace of many famous sons including Heraclitus and Herodotus, is located in the southern Aegean, only a half an hour by ship from the island of Kos. And it’s certainly likely that even back in antiquity, the warm albeit very windy Mediterranean climate was highly prized. The coast of Bodrum is anything but bland. Islands, peninsulas, bays and capes not only lure surfers, divers and others passionate about watersports with its ideal conditions, the coast is also famous for its picturesque views, grand panoramas which remain unobstructed in Bodrum. In complete contrast to other Turkish resorts. There is not a single high-rise hotel to be found here, thanks to a government-backed local code limiting construction to no more than two floors. This gives Bodrum a certain exclusivity. The city is a popular holiday destination for many Istanbul and Ankara families who maintain summer homes here. The blending of inner and outer views defines the architectural philosophy of Villa Bodrum. The concepts for the main house and the adjacent guest house were customised to the exact wishes of the German-Turkish clients by the Munich architectural firm of Koubek & Hartinger. Privacy and prestige in one. A retreat for the entire family where guests are always cordially welcome. This is also reflected in Bettina Ohlenschlager’s interior design. She combines almost austere modernity with sparing use of historically-inspired decorative elements created by regional artists. Here as well, the philosophy is to realise a befitting relationship between the historically-rich location and today’s level of taste and comfort. After Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau being commissioned with the entire interior finishing, we once again faced the most demanding requirements. In terms of the engineering, the material, the workmanship and he dimensions, such as experienced with the huge corner-hugging sofa measuring no less than nine running meters.

Text: Helga Falkenstein
Photo: Bernadette Grimmenstein