Kepez Landmark

    Antalya, Turkey

    Antalya Kepez Municipality

    Competition - Honorable Mention


    8.400 m²

    Melike Altınışık Architects

    Melike Altınışık

    Demet Cekic, İrem Coşkun, Ali Uçar

    Melih Altınışık

    Nursen Gümüşsoy

    Gül Ertekin



Kepez Landmark carrying the spirit of the city and represents its modern and iconic formation based on a timeless concept and aesthetic design that is integrated with nature and urban context. It also creates an identity without contemporary formal-urban concerns, by adapting to the topography and taking into consideration the native, natural and cultural features (being Mediterranean).

The landmark building group has symbolic values at an urban scale, rises 75 m from the ground and rest of the design spreads out under 4.5 m height limit on the site.

Landmark Building and its Surrounding environment design proposal were based on creating comfortable and pleasing social hubs with minimizing pressures coming from the environment.

Generally, The Main purpose of the design is to get the maximum result by minimum modification on the existing project site.

The project site is located on the slope of the Mount Mazı (North of Antalya) which has unique Mediterranean features like its topography, natural vegetation, special climate, and its flora, subsequently, this design proposal has been developed by considering these native features.


The aim, which was considered for design, is to not change the current site so much while doing the best evolution. Therefore, we created each unit in the program list by making little change in natural topography lines except the landmark building. The landmark is located at the highest level of the Project site and is directed to the city center. A panoramic bridge surrounded with tropical trees emphasizes this directionality. This green axis connects ‘panorama 360’ that provides a wide-sweeping view of the city including the Mediterranean Sea, Mount Mazı and ‘Panorama Amphitheater ’ that hosts socio-cultural events.

This proposal was planned according to the city development plan, which is given by the municipality. According to these documents, the project site is going to be surrounded by residential and commercial buildings and the City Centre is going to be closer in the future. Melike Altınışık Architects takes into account the fact about these changes and possibilities and this project site could be the only green zone in its close environment. According to the future development plans, Eastern and Western sides of the site will be full of residential buildings, so when you look at the plan organization, you can feel the stress applied by these residential zones, which cause to stay away from these sides.

PANORAMA 360 and Landmark Building

At the entrance level (0.00), there are permanent and temporary exhibition spaces, cafeterias, multi-vision halls, inner courtyard, administrative units, service and storage rooms.To reach the observation basket (+10.80) from the entrance level (0.00), either visitors can use the elevators which is located in the steel structures of the tower feet, or they can prefer to use inner courtyard’s ramps to reach +4.00 floor level then use the stair-ramp part of the structural feet carrying people to +10.80 floor level.


Panorama Bridge stretches 70 meters across the green valley between the Landmark Building and the Amphitheatre. The bridge serves as a landscape element with its steel structure hidden by various fruit trees and others, which is chosen according to endemic vegetation. 

The bridge provides a delightful experience for visitors in the shadow of these trees and makes a cool journey in a hot climate.


Cactus Garden, Water Garden, Rock Garden Vegetation

The panoramic bridge divides the project site into two sides. These Eastern and Western sides are terraced in keeping with existing topography levels. These terraces have a wise used landscape interpretation that intent to increase the attraction of natural landscape.

Each terrace has 3 thematic garden concepts; cactus garden, water garden, and rock garden vegetation. These gardens were located all along the alleys in order to direct people and control the pedestrian circulation.


One of the main goals of the project is to create a space that triggers the feeling of beauty and make people feel being Mediterranean with the help of light, shadow and material use. In this project common and local materials were used; the most significant ones are Limra Stone and Hint Kayrağı; in this manner, we could decrease construction time and increase the adaptability of the buildings to the climate. Furthermore, these white materials were mainly used in facade and floor covering, absorbing less sunlight and transmitting less heat into the building. Additionally, bamboo was chosen as a secondary complementary material to create a Cozy-Mediterranean atmosphere in the whole design arrangement.
In this project, sustainability was analyzed in the construction process and design style. We tried to keep original geological formations. However, when we had to interfere the natural one, we proposed to reuse it in another form in the project site such as to reuse of stones/earth coming by excavation of terracing in different artifacts like amphitheater hill and other additional artificial hills. In this way, we achieved the ratio of excavation-infill almost.



The most important approaches to environmental sustainability:

• Settling according to the existing topography

• The compatible relation in between the landmark building and both surrounding buildings and topography

• Natural ventilation /Inner environmental quality (air ventilation, wind and underground heating/cooling)

• To benefit from the air flow between the structures in open spaces

• Energy efficiency

• To protect the natural sources

• Water Conservation

• Waste Control

• Natural Lighting

• Sustainable Material Production