ÇATALHÖYÜK ZİYARETÇİ MERKEZİ
PEYZAJ MİMARLIĞI PROJESİ
ÇATALHÖYÜK VISITOR CENTER
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE PROJECT
Completed Project. Ongoing Construction.
Owner KONYA BÜYÜKŞEHİR BELEDİYESİ
KONYA METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY
Main Collaborations TEĞET MİMARLIK
Collaborators Engin Gürcan, UKON Lighting
Coordination Structure, Mechanics, Infrastructure, Fire, Irrigation, Budget
Location Konya, Turkey
Area 3.2 ha
While the Konya basin is struggling with drought, the geography not ready for climate change with the change of water regime. The region is also devoid of local trees, and in the region where agricultural activities are active, only a few trees can be seen even at the borders of the fields. In such a case, the landscape architecture approach for all living things, including humans, was primarily to reduce areas of direct sunlight and to develop a plan strategy that would prevent rapid evaporation of surface waters. The creek ditch, where there is no water anymore, has been preserved, and new plant species have been added so that biodiversity can occur along this ditch as a bioswale which can collect the waters of irregular and decreasing rains. Due to the fact that the project is a public project and its budget is low, hardscape materials that are natural and at peace with the soil were chosen, along with dry land and bioswale plants. Light-colored natural stones and aggregate types, materials such as sandstone that retains moisture, soil stabilization to keep the courtyards cool, methods such as mortarless dry stone application and geotextile-free ground layering were preferred for the propagation of plant seeds. In these preferences, the nature of the region, rural routine and suitability for the archaeological site were basics and important criteria.
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