How would you describe Black Sea Cabin in a nutshell?
Black Sea Cabin is a place to escape, a secret sanctuary, where you can isolate yourself from whatever is going on in the world. It is a shelter constructed using local materials and without hurting the natural environment it is built within.
What is the story behind Black Sea Cabin, what was your inspiration to create it?
Born and raised in the city, I was still very young when I decided to move here. This is my parents' hometown and my secret paradise where I spent all my summers as a kid. I've always wanted to come back here one day and have a home of my own.
When I decided to return in 2009, I wanted to restore the old traditional house that belonged to my family and live there. However, some members of our very large family refused my request.
With my dreams somewhat shattered, I decided to build my own little house from scratch a few years later. The only thing I thought about while building the house was that when it was removed from its setting, no damage should be left behind. So everything was raw and done by hand, including the digging of the foundations.
How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design of Black Sea Cabin?
I would describe the style inside the house as warm minimalism. I wanted to create a space where functionality was at the forefront and basic needs were met with very few items, and where I could easily observe the exterior from inside the house.
Except for the outer walls, I have created open spaces that aren’t limited by dividing walls, which is also practical for heating and cleaning. Staying here makes you feel as though you are a part of nature because there is no distance between you and the outside world, except for thin, wooden walls to help you survive at night.
To you personally, what is so special about Black Sea Cabin?
For me, the most special thing about this cabin is the feeling that I am part of a living organism. Since the whole house is made of chestnut wood that is native to the region (and without any chemical treatment), it feels as though the tree is still alive.
What do you particularly like about this part of Turkey
It is one of the only regions in Turkey where wildlife still exists — this is the most important element for me. It feels different from other regions — somewhat disconnected from the world. Its fascinating nature and the simple, traditional way of life also make it very special.