The CAJA resort showcases a scenic beach in Turkey with an arrangement of whitewashed cubic villas
The CAJA by Maxx Royal complex settles on an idyllic beach in Turkey
Nestled on one of Bodrum’s most scenic beaches, TurkeyCAJA by Maxx Royal is a seaside resort comprising 22 whitewashed villas surrounded by lush hills and crystal clear waters. Designed by Turkish design firm GeoMIM and partner studio Geo_ID, the resort is built around an appreciation of the region and its vernacular features.
One of the main objectives of the project was to design a Hotel which not only showcases the beauty of the bay, but also helps guests feel connected to it. Drawing inspiration from residential architecture in vogue in Bodrum in the 1980s, the design remains in tune with the scales and monolithic expression of urban identity, resulting in a collection of buildings steeped in nature and semi-relationships. open.
all images by Emre Dorter
a landscape of small whitewashed villas
The design process inevitably began with an appreciation of the location. The design follows the typical Aegean architecture of the region, weaving a landscape of white cubic units into the verdant setting. Outdoor living is taken care of for each ground unit and the first floors are shaded by wooden awnings. The GeoMIM and Geo_ID teams placed the villa settlements approximately thirty meters behind the building’s approach boundary, leaving large open spaces for pool and beach use. Establishing a warm atmosphere for all guests, CAJA by Maxx Royal brings together all spaces – the lounge, pool and beach, restaurant, fitness and spa – around the entrance or by the sea, leaving the intimate and quiet villa area.
‘CAJA Living is an effort to establish the relationship between the past, present and future in terms of the hospitality experience. We continued the Aegean spirit of summer living; design codes in scales, textures and integration with nature are all rooted in the vernacular traditions of the region. You can feel the spirit of Bodrum. And yet, the space program is innovative in that these Bodrum Houses are directly but invisibly connected to a complex hotel system that provides all the services a visitor might need in a five-star resort. shares Ali Çaliskan, founding partner of GeoMIM (find out more here).
neutral colors create a calm mood
At first glance, the project appears to be made up of separate blocks. Nevertheless, each villa is connected to the central basement with technical rooms, car parks, staff rooms and service connections, allowing the hotel to function efficiently. Villa units are located above and around this invisible base, tightly connected to service networks. The service flow, however, never overlaps the living areas, ensuring maximum privacy for visitors.
Interiors are designed to provide a calm ambience by using durable, low-maintenance materials and eliminating bold elements that might overwhelm guests over time. Rooms have a “calm atmosphere” thanks to a minimalist palette of black, white, and beige. Meanwhile, white stucco cladding extends into interior areas, blurring the line between indoor and outdoor spaces, which is ideal for summer living routines.
Much of the furniture is black, which contrasts with the white walls and ceilings, while the beige ceramic surfaces balance the environment and offer warmth. Textile surfaces are dominated by a light beige palette, which brightens up the interiors. Custom-designed frames adorn the walls and are a fun abstraction of the geometric language of the project. The black lines surrounding the rooms contribute to the opulent atmosphere.
“Bodrum houses are generally known with their blue windows on white walls. One of the significant aspects that sets this project apart in Bodrum is our decision to replace blue with black. This seemingly strong contrast helped us achieve the luxury feel inside and out while keeping the design minimal in the interiors of the Villa. notes Tuğçe Rizeli, founding partner of GEO_ID (read more here).