Recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1989.
This housing compound, designed by an architect for himself and his family, extends along the crest of a rocky site sloping downward to a beach. Hugging the stone boundary wall parallel to the road, yet informally arranged among the pine, olive and oak trees, are seven small, spare and simple one-storey, stuccoed and whitewashed buildings, traditionally constructed in masonry, with timber ceilings and clay tile roofs. Two of the units are for living (with kitchens), and four are for sleeping (with bathrooms). The seventh is a common service unit, adjacent to the parking space. The original vegetation has been allowed to remain and the footpaths are paved with beach pebbles. The jury found this residence to be "a work of art in which nature and humanism occupy the first place."
Client's Record of Gurel Summer Residence. Courtesy of Client (submitted to the Aga Khan Award for Architecture), 1989.
In the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, in some cases, clients of projects engaged in the nomination process are asked to fill out a standard form that is divided into the following sections: (i) identification; (ii) persons responsible; (iii) use; (iv) project history; (v) project economics; (vi) project evolution; (vii) maintenance; (viii) project significance; and, (ix) documentation. This process makes the Aga Khan Award for Architecture the most rigorous architectural prize in the world.