Bee Houses as a Rural Construct: Sampling from Konya, Türkiye Kırsal Bir Yapı Kurgusu Olarak Arı Evleri: Konya Örnekleri

Erkovan N. Y., ÖZGENEL L.

Belleten, vol.86, no.306, pp.499-532, 2022 (AHCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 86 Issue: 306
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.37879/belleten.2022.499
  • Journal Name: Belleten
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, Periodicals Index Online, L'Année philologique, American History and Life, Historical Abstracts, Index Islamicus, Linguistic Bibliography, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.499-532
  • Keywords: Apiary, Bee House, Beekeeping, Konya, Rural Architecture, Tectonic, Syntax, HONEY
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


© 2022 Turkish Historical Society. All rights reserved.Within the historical and geographical continuity of beekeeping culture, a rural building typology has developed for the storage of hives and use of bees. The bee house structures, also known as apiaries and function as shelters used by bees to produce honey are unique and distinctive components of the rural context. The architecture of these structures can be examined in a typological framework through their tectonic qualities as they differ in terms of material, construction logic, and architectural design. This study addresses the bee house as a rural architectural type and interprets the typological reading by examining the structural construct and logic of this building type through the concepts of “tectonic” and “syntax”. To illustrate the discussion, a group of bee houses identified and documented in the field surveys conducted in rural areas within the borders of Konya province in Turkey are introduced and contextualized; typology is prepared by classifying the documented sample according to construction techniques. For comparison, Antalya examples which set the basis of the typology are briefly mentioned.