Runner beams as a building element of masonry walls in Eastern Anatolia, Turkey

Inan Z.

International Conference on Vernacular Heritage and Earthen Architecture (CIAV) / VerSus / 7th ATP, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal, 16 - 20 October 2013, pp.721-726 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Vila Nova de Cerveira
  • Country: Portugal
  • Page Numbers: pp.721-726
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Anatolia has an enormous variety of vernacular constructions, built after the dominant material of the region and influenced by its climatic conditions, according to the traditional life. The local dominant materials are the most important structural factor of the vernacular houses. While timber-framed buildings are located at forest areas, masonry structures are typical of other regions. But this does not mean that the wood systems are not used in areas dominated by stone. On the contrary, considering the advantages of the wood, the woodwork can be seen combined with stone systems. Predominantly the houses built by masonry systems are located in eastern and central Anatolia regions. Besides window and door frames, many building elements, like slab, beam, and girder are also made of wood. In the context of integrity and authenticity, preserving traditional construction techniques are important. Therefore, the knowledge of this woodwork is essential to the restoration of these buildings. This paper intends to contribute for the restoration references of this architecture; and also to support the detail enriched the Anatolian Heritage.