Authors: Nevnihal Erdogan, Izzet Yüksek

Traditional Window Designs of Kirklareli, Turkey

eBook: US $79 Special Offer (PDF + Printed Copy): US $158
Printed Copy: US $119
Library License: US $316
ISBN: 978-1-60805-742-9 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-741-2 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2013
DOI: 10.2174/97816080574121130101


Traditional Window Designs of Kirklareli, Turkey is original research on window design and presents readers the unique culture of Turkey. The theme of this book is based on samples of windows of the late 19th and early 20th century in Kirklareli. A total of 103 homes of traditional style have been observed in the old districts of the city. The windows in these buildings were studied in detail, were photographed and their plan, sectional elevations and views were obtained by scale drawings. Samples from 57 windows that were collected during the research process were selected to be published in this book. Some details are important with their color, with their ornaments and details, with their place in the façade having architectural elements belonging to certain periods, and with carvings of certain symbols.

This presentation is a significant step towards creating new designs with respect to cultural continuation and in building protection studies. Thus the book provides a rich illustrated resource for architects, designers and researchers interested in gaining a better understanding of diversity of design characteristics in different neighborhoods of Kirklareli in Turkey. Readers, including students and industry professionals can learn from the lessons provided in this book about unique window design and production.

Indexed in: Book Citation Index, Science Edition, Social Sciences & Humanities, EBSCO.


Windows are an important feature in terms of the history of buildings: they reflect not only the changing architectural tastes and styles, but also social hierarchy, building economy, arts and crafts skills and technical developments. In addition, while influencing the characteristics of buildings as a single element, windows also influence the character of the whole region. The main purpose of this study is to discuss the windows of traditional buildings constructed in the Kirklareli Province of Turkey during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, within a context explaining the structural and stylistic characteristics of the windows; and, to present the findings via rich and detailed visual content. This eBook defines the term “window”; presents a literature review of studies of characteristics of late 19th and early 20th century windows of the anonymous architecture around the world and in Turkey; and classifies structural, stylistic and functional characteristics of windows representative of traditional Kirklareli architecture. To this end, these characteristics were used as the basis for the analysis of 103 traditional types of window design. As stated above, the eBook aims to serve as an important reference for future urban conservation and design-planning works.

This eBook was produced with the valuable contributions of many people. In particular, the window drawings were produced by drafts-men under the supervision of Mr. Izzet YUKSEK. We would like to thank, firstly, the people of Kirklareli, for allowing and assisting in the analysis of historical window styles; and the publication team of Bentham Science Publishers.


Declared none.

Conflict of Interest

The author(s) confirm that this eBook content has no conflict of interest.

Nevnihal Erdogan
Kocaeli University
Faculty of Architecture and Design
Department of Architecture

Izzet Yüksek
Kirklareli University
Technical Education Faculty
Department of Construction Education