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Bruce Hemming

Nail Çakırhan Evi

Akyaka, Mugla Province, Turkey

October 22nd 2022

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Never trained as an architect, Nail Çakirhan's first career was that of a journalist and poet. He had reached his forties before he first became interested in construction while accompanying his archaeologist wife Halet on her field missions.

The design of his house was based on traditional Ottoman houses of the 18thC. It was to include two separate areas, one for the Cakirhans and the other for their guests. Although referred to as living/ sleeping rooms, these areas are multipurpose, as in traditional Turkish homes. Between them was to be a divanhane (Central Hall) in which the Cakirhans and their guests could gather. The southern façade of the house is shielded by an open loggia supported on columns. From here there is access to the two lateral living/sleeping rooms either side of a porch (mabeyn) which leads into a large polygonal divanhane, corresponding to the tradition of the central eyvan (hall) in Ottoman houses. There is access to shower rooms (where clothes were also kept) hidden behind pine doors and a kitchenette on one side and a lavatory on the other. There is also access to both of these rooms from the external loggia.

As an example of minimalist architecture, I believe this to be the equal of work by Albert Frey and other notables of the modernist movement.


Canon EOS 5D MK IV with shaved Nikkor 10.5mm FE in a BoBracket lens ring mounted on a Frankenstein tripod/monopod/rotator.  Processed in PTGUI Pro and PS.

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