Functional Explanations Regarding the Common Qualities of the "Ottoman House" and the "Anatolian House" within the Context of the Idealization of the "Turkish House"

TUZTAŞI U. , Askun I. Y.

BILIG, no.66, pp.273-296, 2013 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.12995/bilig.2013.6612
  • Title of Journal : BILIG
  • Page Numbers: pp.273-296


This paper aims to evaluate the existing research on the Turkish house, which investigates the subject under such titles as the "Turkish house", the "Ottoman house" or the "Anatolian house". The way the "Turkish house" ideal is treated in academic discourse is an intriguing case. The concept of the "Turkish house" has been the subject of different interpretations and objections under changing conditions. Yet, it has always been a subject of research and discussion since the time it appeared as a concept, and its emphasis on architectural essentials has informed survey drawings and typological research in Turkey. Although the objections against the concept of the "Turkish house" have gradually boosted since the 1970s and made a peak in the 1990s, the concept has still remained as an indispensable paradigm for discussions of the Ottoman or Anatolian house culture. This paper aims to explain the parallel or diverse meanings attributed to the ideal "Turkish house" and attempts to understand the endeavor to create essential bonds between various housing cultures in the Ottoman geography through an idealized concept.