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Abstract


Village Chambers in Akseki as The Public Reflection of Turkish Folk Architecture
The village chambers are mostly simple buildings in structural terms built by the villageers or by the rich people of the village in order to meet the needs of accommodation and gathering. Being constructed for the accommodation for such people as guest, tax collector (or government officer in general), traveler, seller, ironmonger, tinsmith, blacksmith and etc., the village chambers can be considered as concrete spaces of hospitality, an indispensable part of Turkish culture. The second function of the village chambers is an assembly-like setting where the villagers would gather and talk each other especially during a period when such any mass communication tools as radio and television not to have been introduced yet, and would try to solve the common problems of the village and hold some entertainting activities altogether. Parallel to the resolution of the problem of transportation and the technological developments, the necessity of village chambers has diminished. This paper introduces ten village chambers determined at the end of a field study covering 41 villages and six towns of Akseki. Nine of the chambers are two-storey, the rest is single storey. Those under the former category are arranged in a way to be barn at downstairs and the chamber itself at the upstairs. Their building technique is masonry wall of rubble stone reinforced with horizontal and vertical wooden balks. Since the ends of these project out 15-20 cm to the outside, they are called düğmeli duvar, that’s buttoned wall, by the local people.

Keywords
Akseki, Village Chamber, Folk Architecture, Hospitability


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