The Restoration Project of the Historical Laundry in Denizli District, Urla


Derya AKDURAK, Architect, MAKOMİM, İzmir

Director of the Project

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Başak İPEKOĞLU

Project Term

15 July 2001 – 15 August 2001

Within the frame of the restoration for old laundry in Denizli District, Urla; the main aim was to conserve the authentic characteristics of the building so that it can present itself as a cultural value. Therefore, refunctioning of the building was not considered as a prerequisite.

The laundry was constructed adjacent to an old fountain. It is situated at the north of Denizli Street. The superstructure of the building, which was originally single pitched timber roof, was completely demolished. The walls are constructed  with rubble stone and put together with mud mortar.

No written source about the building was found. However, it is known that laundry buildings are social buildings constructed in each district in the village settlements around Urla. These modest buildings are constructed with rubble stone and they are unplastered. They have historical and cultural values presenting the traces of Ottoman period in the region.

The restoration project of the studied building comprehends drawings in 1/200, 1/50, 1/20 and 1/10 scales, and also the details