Photo: Emre Dörter
Photo: Emre Dörter

The Museum Hotel Antakya

Modern luxury on antique ground

What began as an idea for a five-star-hotel in Antakya, turned out to be a ten year long, persistent large-scale project – archaelogically, architectonically and of world-wide historical significance. The excavations preceding the construction exceeded all expectations, to such an extent, that their preservation, integration and protection, became an integral part of the hotel design.
Today, a roof, carried by columns, spans the complete site. Horizontal, steel bracing struts, carry the prefabricated hotel units, and constitute the open-air pathway above the archaeological treasures that date back to a time in antiquity when Antiochia, next to Alexandria and Constantinople, was one of the most important cities in the eastern Mediterranean region.

mawa stages the discoveries with custom-made track-mounted spotlights. Light from the track-mounted spotlights specifically illuminates the elements of the topography. It allows the waves in the worlds largest contiguous floor mosaic to tell the history of devastating earthquakes and diverted rivers. Colors are reproduced in the best possible way – and the same is true of the 160 shades in the Pegasus-Mosaic. It’s plant colored stones give evidence to the art and know-how of the second century. Well-chosen accents bring the excavation of Roman Baths to life and inspire the imagination of life and society at that time.
Today, the hotel itself contributes to this final point as well. With a spa area, fitness center, five restaurants and the first ballroom in the city, this hotel reflects the past, the present, and the future simultaneously.

More insights and background information on this project and the hotel can be found in the youtube video.

Project Developer and Client

Asfuroğlu Group


Emre Arolat Architecture

Exhibition planner archaeology area

PATTU, Istanbul (Cem Kozar)

Lighting design archaeology area

Dinnebier+Blieske, Berlin

Lighting coordination

Highlight, Istanbul


Emre Dörter

Scope of services

90 × Track spotlights with rotary potentiometer
Project specific special design with external ball joint
with Global Standard-Adapter, 26 W, 3000 K, High CRI > 95 (typ.97), RAL 9016

500 × mawa basic track DALI dimmable
Project specific special design with external ball joint and modification for outdoor use
26 W, 3000 K, High CRI > 95 (typ.97), IP44, RAL 9005

Photo: Emre Dörter
Photo: Emre Dörter
Photo: Emre Dörter