The Kaplankaya Marina isn’t really a marina, it’s a park within the stunning Aegean landscape. Approaching the design of this project the challenge was how to create space whilst having minimum impact on the site. The natural beauty of the environment is the main attraction here and we wanted to preserve and enhance it, not to compete with it.
The traditional, low-tech methods of working the land for agricultural use were respectful of the ground to ensure long-term sustainability of food production for the local population. ‘Pezoules’, or walls built of the stone found in the land, formed narrow terraces that followed the natural contours of the slopes and allowed for the cultivation of olive groves and vegetable gardens or the grazing of animals. We took inspiration from the subtlety of these interventions and set about to define a language of landscaping rather than structural architecture, that would cultivate the cultural and logistical activity of a contemporary marina.