Yücel Besim , Devrim
Kiessel, Marco
Tozan Kiessel, Asu
Recent developments in tourism strongly affect related architecture in Turkish-Cypriot northern Cyprus. Increased investments are made in hotel-casino complexes since gambling was forbidden in Turkey in 1998, and the investements were directed to Cyprus. With the boom of the construction-sector in the northern part of the divided island which started after the reunion plan of UN-General Secretary Kofi Annan in 2003, the number of hotel-casinos increased. The implementation of concept hotels at Vokolida (Bafra) in the Karpas peninsula, is the answer to the challenges and chances of mass tourism. This historical and stylistic-semiotic study on the developments in hotel architecture in northern Cyprus focuses on hotel-casino complexes which comprise postmodernist buildings, the majority of which has been constructed within the last ten years. Today postmodernist complexes exceed the number of hotel-casinos which have been designed in a modernist attitude, or in “International Style”. Their design rarely refers to traditional Turkish architecture, but mainly to the western classical heritage.

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D. Yücel Besim, M. Kiessel, and A. Tozan Kiessel, “POSTMODERNIST HOTEL-CASINO COMPLEXES IN NORTHERN CYPRUS,” METU JOURNAL OF THE FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 103–123, 2010, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: