Located in Çeşme, the popular summer resort of Izmir, Turkey, Cesme House is a three bedroom summer residence that has been recently renovated by Istanbul-based design studio Escapefromsofa for all year round use. Inspired by the glorious Aegean summer, the designers have combined a modernist sensibility of light, neutral colours and simple, clean lines with a colonial style using natural materials and indoor plants, in order to create a welcoming house of sophistication, tranquillity with cosiness.
On the ground floor, an open-plan space accommodates all the communal areas, culminating in a double-height, light-filled, octagonal living room that leads onto a large garden beyond. With generous sunset views, this space is ideal for relaxation whereas the adjacent open kitchen with a large dining table is ideal for the owners’ large family to convene over a home-cooked meal. Meanwhile, the porch on the front of the house provides a shaded spot to enjoy the morning summer breeze.
On the upper floor, the master bedroom overlooks the living room below permitting more daylight to flood the space while enhancing the sense of spaciousness. Plantation shutters allow for privacy and daylight modulation as well as imbue the living room with an exotic aura further enhanced with lush potted plants and tribal artworks.
The interior décor marries contemporary Scandinavian and South American design filtered through a minimalist aesthetic of muted tones and plain surfaces. The use of natural materials such as wood, brass and marble provide textural variation and a subtle sense of luxury. Additionally, the juxtaposition of oak floorboards and stone flooring on the ground floor separates the open-plan living area into two distinct zones. Natural materials are also predominantly featured in the furniture selection, most of which are bespoke, hand-crafted designs inspired by mid-century modernism and colonial interiors.
The architects have also taken great care to make their design as sustainable as possible, especially since the owners expressed a desire to use the house throughout the year. New energy efficient ventilation and solar heating systems guarantee energy savings, the reinforcement of exterior walls with natural stone ensures less heat loss in the winter and less cooling in the summer, while the selection of natural materials ensures the building fabric’s durability and longevity in the humid Aegean climate, a reminder that sustainability and good taste should go hand in hand.