A Primal Space Gets a Swanky, Modern Twist in This Turkish Cave Loft

A Primal Space Gets a Swanky, Modern Twist in This Turkish Cave Loft

By Tess Holland
Material imperfections mimic nature in the design of this weekend getaway.

When architect Hasan Ayata devised the design for the Cave Loft in Kayseri, Turkey, he wanted to offer guests a space that they wouldn't typically occupy in today’s urban landscape: a cave.

Ayata’s goal was to "blend the authentic spirit of this magnificent ready-made structure" with modern additions, he explains. To begin, he installed a system of vents to guarantee proper airflow in the space. He then preserved the integrity of the existing structure by creating a special plaster from on-site soil and rocks, which would be used to bolster the cave walls and archways.

The stones in the terrazzo floor were procured from quarries in the region and arranged by hand to ensure harmony between the unique sizes. To further emulate amorphous elements found in nature, wood in varying colors and textures was also integrated into the design. Subtle lighting built into the floors and furniture punctuates the space, enhancing both the cave’s imperfect archways and contemporary flair.  

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Project Credits: 

Architect + Builder of Record: Hasan Ayata Design Studio

Lighting Design Company of Record: Hasan Ayata Design Studio

Interior Designer of Record: Hasan Ayata Design Studio

Sound Engineer of Record: Hasan Ayata Design Studio

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