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The objective of this thesis was to examine the structural order of traditional timber houses in Turkey and Japan. A comparative analysis, based on literature and a case study was made toestablish differences of traditional timber structures in the two countries by examining their spatial organization, spans and pitches of the timber components. Four Houses were chosen for survey from Safranbolu, Turkey and Gokayama, Japan. Following two points were appeared as a conclusion: in Turkey, the structural order was orientated to the room size while the room size was dictated by the structural order in Japan, and the second conclusion is that the space size was dictated by the human body proportion in Turkey and by the module based on the ken measurement in Japan. Consequently the number of the structural components required for the room was discussed as a third conclusion.


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Citation Formats
S. Matsushıta, “Comparative study of the structure of traditional timber housing in Turkey and Japan,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2004.