ASPAT Art & Archaeology Museum and Visitor's Center
FOUNDATION of ASPAT for Culture, Art & Education
SITE & PARK AREA
Museum Building, Exhibition Rooms, Visitors Center, Conference Hall, Sculpture Garden & Historical Byzantine Bath
HEIGHT of the BUILDING:
START of PLANNING:
~1.2 Mio EURO
Aspat Hill was a historical harbor city for Lelegians and located on the southern part of Bodrum peninsula. Several buildings are discovered by archaeological excavations during the last two decades. The most important building of the city is the Roman Bath from 12th century. Historical harbor walls were also exposed in 2016. This project is developed to build a bridge between history & present fulfilling two missions. On one hand it gives a shelter for archaeological excavations and treasures. On the other hand, paintings and sculptures will be exhibited, which were created in Aspat by several workshops over the last 15 years.
The one-story Museum Building has a closed area of 1.050 sqmt. Because the construction area takes place within the boundaries of a first degree archaeologically protected area, the supporting system of the building will be produced from prefabricated wood and steel so that it can be assembled easily. The structure is suspending on steel columns, which appears as a pier. The locations of the columns are determined in cooperation with archaeologists to protect the precious excavation area. The building, which provides a 700-square-meter closed exhibition area, is located in the North of the land. More than 80 sculptures will be placed over the hole area establishing a unique sculpture garden. A walking path parallel to the Azmak connects the museum to the Bodrum-Turgutreis main road to give access for the visitors. To show the findings of the on-going excavation work, the floor surface will be partially made of laminated safety glass. The museum will be open for all visitors, both Aspat residents and outsiders, and it will serve the purpose of promotion of the whole region.