Effect Of Privacy On And Elements Of Identity In Muslim-Turkish Houses In Anatolia

Eti Akyuz Levi


“Culture” has a featured place among a large number of factors which are effective on the formation of house architecture. From time to time, it is observed that very different houses are formed in the same physical environment. Sometimes analogous houses can be seen under highly different environmental conditions. It is possible to mention the effects of different cultures and lifestyles on this.The study aims to reveal how the effect of privacy is reflected in spatial formation and architectural elements in Muslim-Turkish houses. The relationship of the Turkish House with the concepts of Ottoman, Anatolia, Muslim and tradition as well as coincidence and variations are addressed. The analytical and comparative method is employed in the study. The common elements in the architectural formation which are caused by the vital and cultural interactions in the Turkish houses in Anatolia and the Balkans are reflected in the form of analogies in the building façade character and in architectural elements. It is possible to gather the analogies in the Turkish houses not only in the context of Anatolia and the Balkans but also at different corners of Anatolia under the common ground of “culture”. The effects of culture are reflected in the house architecture in a wide range from the use of lattice in various spaces and elements to kapı şakşaks besides the openings which vary on the building façades depending on location and story.In this study, the concept of Turkish House and the thorough investigations into this issue are considered and the effect of the factor of “privacy” on the formation of Muslim-Turkish houses in Anatolia is examined from different perspectives. The subject is presented via the examples of Turkish houses selected from various localities of Anatolia. How the inward character of the Turkish house and its understanding of privacy are reflected in the details of an architectural building besides its façade and spatial construct is conveyed via examples.The thorough investigation concerned is of importance to see how culture and lifestyle are reflected on architecture – in other words, to read culture from the formation of a house. 

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21015/vtess.v7i2.348


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