POOL DESIGN AWARDS 2016 - Middle East - The most beautiful swimming pool for tourism and leisure
Eskisehir Spa & Thermal Hotel
- Architect: GAD Architecture
- Project team: Ertugrul Morcol, Carlos Valderama, Gizem Kiroglu, Omer Karaer, Durak Arikan, Aysegul Altug, Derya Arpaç, Mehmet Baykara, Asli Genc, Muge Tan, Scott Baltimore, Elif Sahinoglu
- Location: Odunpazarı, Eskişehir, Turkey
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Eskisehir Spa & Thermal Hotel is a boutique hotel in Odunpazari, Eskisehir. The main reasons Eskisehir has had a fortunate history are the Porsuk River and rich mine resources of piolite, boron etc. Especially the Odunpazari region has a great tourism potential with its untouched natural texture. The speed of tourism developments in the area showed that Eskisehir is in need of luxurious accommodation for both, Turkish and foreign visitors.
Eskisehir Spa & Thermal Hotel project is a modern interpretation based on results of Odunpazari’s local architecture and historical texture analysis. The project is highly taken form by Eskisehir’s thermal water resources. There is a local belief that the water will strengthen health.
The site is a perfect location for a thermal hotel which is really close to thermal water sources. The hotel is placed on the site without causing any damage to nature, especially old trees. It is tiered following the contours of the site’s terrain. Eskisehir Spa & Thermal Hotel includes a spa wellness center in the middle and accommodation units surrounding it.
The spa and wellness center are buried in the ground to benefit from the geothermal features. The spa section has a sunbath terrace and a indoor pool covered with domes to obtain natural
sunlight and to filter it like in a traditional Turkish hamam. The inner courtyard where
the pooldeck can be find offers a great view above the forest towards the city center of Eskisehir.