A lagoon on the southwestern coast of Turkey is now home to the world's most architecturally glorious shopping mall. Inspired by the ancient Mediterranean cities that only used one building material, the Yalikavak Marina Complex—which just swept the "shopping" category at the World Architecture Festival—is constructed entirely in travertine. Designed by Emre Arolat Architects in a shelf-like formation with overhangs of different sizes, the complex looks more like an antiquities museum than a place where people can eat frozen yogurt and buy Bulgari jewelry. The building, built to blend in with its surroundings, also includes a boutique hotel, which is convenient because everybody who visits will want to live there.
· Yalikavak Marina Complex - World Architecture Festival entry [Official site}
· World Architecture Festival Announces Day 1 Winners [Arch Daily]
· Emre Arolat Architects [Official site]
· All Retail Therapy posts [Curbed National]