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About the Nail Çakýrhan House in Akyaka
1.       Roswitha
4132 posts
 25 Oct 2008 Sat 01:06 am

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. After spending over a decade as a supervisor of construction projects, he restored his mother´s old vernacular house with the aid of two traditionally skilled local carpenters. Having thereby learned the necessary arts and crafts, he set out to build an indigenous house of his own. The ideas and forms of the house were merely sketched and then plotted on the ground as traditional master builders used to work. In addition to the loggia which extends the length of the house are two identical living/sleeping rooms, each with a fireplace, flanking a wide and deep foyer and a large polygonal central hall. Similar spaces are to be found in traditional Ottoman houses. The window and door details, as well as the richly ornamented wooden ceiling, also conform to Ottoman custom. The jury found the house to be pure and elegant. They noted that "the design goes well beyond the simple reproduction of past models; its ornaments are judicious, sober and genuine. Its extraordinary harmony with nature, and its multi-purpose use and ambience of inner space give it great distinction."

I am glad that I was able to see his house in Akyaka this year.

 

http://www.akyaka.org/cakirhan/odul_evi/odul_evi_eng.htm

 

 

1.       Roswitha
3605 posts
 30 Jun 2008 Mon 09:46 am

The simplicity and elegance of Çakýrhan´s architecture results not from imitation but from the direct continuation and reflection of traditional values. He has succeeded in reviving a vernacular architecture not merely at the superficial level of appearances, but by convincingly reintroducing the compact multivalent spatial organisation of old Turkish houses. At the same time he has demonstrated successfully that the form and construction of his houses continue to make economic sense.

http://www.akyaka.org/cakirhan/english/nail_cakirhan_house_eng.htm

 

2.       caliptrix
3055 posts
 25 Oct 2008 Sat 01:09 am

He died a few days ago, right?

3.       Roswitha
4132 posts
 25 Oct 2008 Sat 01:15 am

Correct, what a loss. Though he reached a biblical age!

 

 

 

» * WE LOSE NAIL CAKIRHAN

Turkish poet Nail Cakirhan died at the age of 98 in the Aegean province of Mugla. Cakirhan was also an award-winning architecture.

He had been suffering from colon cancer for three years.

He is going to be buried today. (13.10.2008)

4.       Roswitha
4132 posts
 25 Oct 2008 Sat 01:16 am

Correct, what a loss. Though he reached a biblical age!

 

 

 

» * WE LOSE NAIL CAKIRHAN

Turkish poet Nail Cakirhan died at the age of 98 in the Aegean province of Mugla. Cakirhan was also an award-winning architecture.

He had been suffering from colon cancer for three years.

He is going to be buried today. (13.10.2008)

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