Understanding physical changes in traditional houses used as houses or hotels: The case of Mustafapaşa village in Cappadocia

Alpüren, Buse Melis
Change can be defined as alteration between situations or a relational difference. As with everything in nature, change is inevitable for traditional buildings. With the continuity of original use or refunctioning, some of traditional houses can be changed while preserving some of their values. As a conservation problem this master’s thesis aims to see the changes caused by the interventions to meet the contemporary needs in two cases: when the traditional houses are conserved with its original function versus when they are conserved with a new function as hotel. Having a unique cultural landscape Cappadocia, includes the settlements like Ürgüp, Göreme, Avanos, Uçhisar and Ortahisar, and is known for its peculiar traditional houses built with rock carving and stone masonry techniques. While traditional houses, which have been restored as hotels due to tourism based economic developments have increased gradually in the last thirty years, there have been examples that sustained their original function. Taking these aspects into consideration, 8 traditional house examples in Cappadocia Mustafapaşa are selected. As a result of this master thesis, it is aimed to see how and to what extend functional change affect conservation of original features of a house in two cases: when the traditional houses are conserved with its original function versus when they are conserved with a new function. With the scope of this thesis, only the changes occurred in physical features of the traditional houses have been studied among all these respects. The traditional house cases selected from Mustafapaşa are analyzed in terms of changes in seven parameters: the locational features, planimetric features, façade, architectural elements, construction technique and function of spaces. Following this, the data obtained as a result of the analysis were evaluated. Evaluation and comparison of house samples among themselves and hotel samples among themselves are made. Afterwards, the thesis concludes by interpreting physical changes detected in the hotel samples with the house samples.


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B. M. Alpüren, “Understanding physical changes in traditional houses used as houses or hotels: The case of Mustafapaşa village in Cappadocia,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.