Social Logic of Kitchen Space in Vernacular Architecture (Case Study: Qeshm Housing) – Examination and Analysis

Document Type : Original Article


1 Faculty of Art and Architecture, Islamic Azad University, South Tehran Branch, Tehran, Iran

2 Faculty of Art and Architecture, Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch, Tehran, Iran


Culture and social relations play a significant role in the formation of the structure of vernacular housing of any region, especially in the Islamic countries where privacy has a considerable effect on the vernacular culture, and consequently, on the house’s structure. Among the house spaces, the kitchen is more affected than other spaces by such issues so that its relations pattern with other spaces and its establishment in the complex can be directly considered as a result of the importance of this space and its privacy in different cultures, i.e. the definition of this space in different cultures. Thus, in this study, the logical reasoning approach and space syntax that are among the known methods in the social logic of space have been used to achieve the social-cultural concept of kitchen space. The social logic of space is a method to discover the cultural-social relationships lying in the complex’s plan, and it extracts the concepts of privacy, the relation and connection of the spaces, the degree of space integration, access hierarchy, and permeability of spaces through converting the plan of complex to a graph.The strategy of this study is case study, and since the credibility of the results of this strategy is its repeatability, the research has been repeated in4 samples. By drawing justified graph for the samples, the values of three criteria of depth, relative depth, and integration have been observed. Kitchen of the vernacular house of Qeshm, despite the imagination of some on the Islamic house kitchen has not been a latent and private space beyond the living spaces and at the end of the house; it is a space between the private- semi-public space that has been linked constantly to other living spaces of the complex through access hierarchy including chamber, wind catcher room, and private room.


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