Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2750

Full Length Research Paper

Investigation of the hygienic situation of kitchens, bathrooms and toilets in the traditional residential architecture

Reyhan AKAT1*, I. Raci BAYER2 and Zeynep SOFUOÄžLU3
1Department of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Forestry, Karadeniz Technical University, 61080, Trabzon, Turkey. 2Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 06531, Ankara, Turkey. 3Department of Construction and Technical Works, Ministry of Transport, 61080, Trabzon, Turkey.
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  •  Accepted: 16 July 2012
  •  Published: 31 October 2012


This study investigated the hygiene state of kitchens, bathrooms and toilets and how they are used in the traditional houses (their characteristics, the changes in their uses and the extent of these changes). The study also attempted to find the principles and criterions on which the arrangements that are the products of accumulated experiences were based in the spaces or systems. Furthermore, the study investigated how and at what level the new equipment that the new age presents are reflected in the traditional house. The dimensional, positional, directional, constructional, equipment and material characteristics of these elements were investigated in accordance with the knowledge, theories and principles of architecture and instructive data on these were obtained from the traditional houses. The traditional Turkish houses, Greek houses and hybrid houses in the city of Trabzon, Turkey, were chosen as the sample of the study.


Key words: Kitchen, bathroom, toilet, location, direction, construction, equipment, traditional houses.