Nail Çakirhan Residence - Aga Khan Award for Architecture
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Nail Çakirhan Residence

Nail Çakirhan Residence
Location: Akyaka, Turkey (Asia)
Architect: Nail Çakirhan
Client: Nail & Halet Çakirhan
Completed: 1971
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Nail Çakirhan Residence Project Brief

Never trained as an architect, Nail Çakirhan's first career was that of a journalist and poet. He had reached his forties before he first became interested in construction while accompanying his archaeologist wife Halet on her field missions. After spending over a decade as a supervisor of construction projects, he restored his mother's old vernacular house with the aid of two traditionally skilled local carpenters. Having thereby learned the necessary arts and crafts, he set out to build an indigenous house of his own. The ideas and forms of the house were merely sketched and then plotted on the ground as traditional master builders used to work.

1983 Award Recipients