Building Element Design of Traditional Houses (A Case Study in Turkey/Kırklareli)

1.957 1.463


The city of Kırklareli includes original examples of traditional building types. The buildings, located in the city center of Kırklareli within the texture of traditional dwelling, have their own features when comparing with their contemporaries. This study examines the traditional Kırklareli dwellings in terms of building components, and discusses the benefits provided by the various design characteristics. By putting forth the features these building elements have, the benefits of these features have been discussed. As a result of the study, it has been determined that an especially wall which differs from those of Anatolian traditional buildings have their own features. 

Key words:  Kırklareli province, Traditional housing, Building element design, Traditional building material, Environmental impact


traditional building, building element, building materials

Full Text:



Kırklareli Governor's Office, Kırklareli City Yearbook, Cömertiş Printing, İstanbul, (1967).

Kırklareli, General Information, Governor of Kırklareli, (2006)

Encyclopedia of the Country, Volume: 7 Kırklareli, Anatolia Printing, İstanbul, (1983).

Altun, S. B., “Traditional Turkish houses, used construction materials, construction elements and construction Thesis, Karadeniz Technical University, Instıtute of Natural Science, Trabzon, (2008). MSc.

Çobancaoğlu, T., “Investigation of the structural wooden house in Turkey by regions and restoration practice recommendations”, Unpublished Phd Thesis, Mimar Sinan University, Instıtute of Natural Science, İstanbul (1998).

Günay, R, Traditional wooden buildings: problems and solutions, Birsen Publishing, İstanbul, (2007).

Lourenço, P. B., Roca P., “Himis construction system in traditional Turkish wooden houses” Historical Possibilities of numerical and techniques Proceedings of the 3rd International Seminar Guimarães, 799-810, (2001). 2001 experimental

Matsushita, S., “Comparative Study of The Structure of Traditional Timber Housing in Turkey and Japan”, Unpublished Msc. Thesis, Middle East Technical University, Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences, İstanbul, (2004).

Mıhlayanlar, E., Umaroğulları, F., Arabulan, S., “Wooden Carcase Systems in traditional Housing Architecture: Edirne Sample”, Trakia Journal of Sciences, 7(2):266-270, (2009).

Oikonomou, A., Bougiatiot F., “Architectural structure and environmental performance of the traditional buildings in Florina, NW Greece”, Building and Environment, 46:669-689, (2011).

Öztank, N., “Traditional Timber Turkish Houses and Structural Details”, 10th World Conference on Timber Engineering, Miyazaki, Japan, (2008).

Pajko, S., “Traditional Dwellings of Kosovo in Ottoman Civil Architecture and Prizren Shehzade Musa Unpublished University, Instıtute of Natural Science, İstanbul, (2011) of

Conservation”, Mimar Msc. Thesis, Sinan

Sözen, M., Eruzun, C., House and Human in Anatolia, Real Estate Bank Publishing, İstanbul, (1996).

Kuban, D., Observations on the Turkish House Tradition, Essays on the Turkish and Islamic Art, İstanbul, (1995). olu/mardin traditionalhouses/index.htm Photo by Ali Konyalı.

www.fotoğ Photo by S. Burhanettin Akbaş

www.fotoğ Photo by S. Burhanettin Akbaş bolgesi/192730-geleneksel-harran-evleri-hakkinda- bilg-harran-evleri-resimleri.html

Yüksek, İ., Personal Archive, (2006).

Karaçam, N., Myth to reality Kırklareli, Kırklareli Municipality Publication, Kırklareli, (1995).

Yüksek, İ., Esin, T., “Assessment of Energy efficiency of Kırklareli Traditional Houses”, Plumbing Engineering Journal, 117:32-40, (2010).

Tandoğan, E., “A Review of the Housing at Kırklareli”, Unpublished Msc. Thesis, Mimar Sinan University, Instıtute of Natural Science, İstanbul, (2000).

Hacıhafızoğlu, E., (2003) “The Investigation of the Existing Traditional Settlement in Kırklareli in Cultural Context”, Unpublished Msc Thesis, Trakya University, Instıtute of Natural Science, Edirne, (2000).

Ören, S.I., “Traditional Urfa dwellings: An investigation of part of the old town center. Ankara, Turkey”, Unpublished Msc. Thesis in Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, (1996).

Eres, Z., “An Experimental model towards the solution of problems concerning the protection restoration and presentation of prehistoric sites: The case of Kırklareli-Aşağı Pınar”, Unpublished Msc. Thesis, İstanbul Technical University, Instıtute of Natural Science, İstanbul (1999).