MuuM designs sustainable complex in old Turkish fisherman farm

A “sustainable-living” complex has been designed by Turkey-based Muum Architects, aiming to promote a lifestyle that focuses on the cycles of nature, organic agriculture and a management of livestock.

The LOSEV Natural Life Centre & Drugless Therapy Institute will become part of the Health and Education Foundation for Children with Leukemia, who had recently acquired the site on which the centre will be built.

The WAF-shortlised project is located in Cankiri, positioned at the centre of the vast and dry Anatolian plains in central Turkey and was once used as a fish farm where water was collected in a series of artificial ponds. Over the years, the presence of these waters had altered the surrounding landscape that is now occupied by lush vegetation.

The site will be converted into an educational and recreational complex dedicated to the “promotion of a sustainable lifestyle, focusing on the cycles of nature, organic agriculture, permaculture, balanced growth, the management of livestock as well as a strong waste and compost management”.

The masterplan is set to include various types of accommodation facilities, small conference rooms, open-air event and concert areas, workshop areas, a small market, greenhouses, organic farms, permaculture facilities, animal barns, compost management and waste disposal facilities, small scale energy production systems and various water related leisure facilities.

Muum has also been shortlisted at this years World Architecture Festival under the ‘Culture’ category for its Erciyes Congress and Cultural Centre inspired by the surrounding mountains. 

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