This paper aims to define an adapted contemporary design language for housing built next to
vernacular residential buildings of Anatolian villages. The case has been selected from Balikesir
province in the North-western part of Anatolia within a corpus of 104 houses from selected 81
villages of the region. Originally, vernacular house plans consist of allocation of rooms around a hall:
sofa. Each room is a core living space with everyday living needs for a family. House is formed with
various spatial relations between sofa and rooms around it. This relation is the determinative feature
in formation of vernacular language for each Anatolian house. The study has three phases: analysis,
adaptation and generation. The first phase analyzes the elements of vernacular by decomposing its
language into sub-parts. In the second phase, the inadequacies of existing vernacular structures were
exposed with methods of observation and questionnaires applied on users and new demands for
living have been adapted with vernacular existing language grammar rules. In the last phase within
the framework of adapted language rules for Balikesir vernacular, numerous novel design
alternatives were generated. This study claims to sustain the existing socio-cultural spatial
configuration by adapting newly built contemporary houses to actual vernacular architecture in the
Keywords: Vernacular, Architectural Language, Novel Design, Adapted Design, Balikesir.
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