Ankara Orchard House

Ankara, Turkey

Engaging in research on Ankara and its environs, Koç University Vehbi Koç Ankara Studies Research Center (VEKAM) was established in 1994. In 2014 it formed an association with Koç University.

The Ankara Orchard House, which is registered as a second-degree cultural heritage building id situated on the Koç University VEKAM campus. The House holds an important part Ankara’s orchard tradition. It also reflects a transition period of social life from the Ottoman to the Republican Period while representing a model with the building and its collection. The House has been hosting the Semahat and Nusret Arsel Collection since 2007, which is comprised of metal, glass, and calligraphic works, textiles, carpets, and ceramics dating from the 19th century to the middle of the 20th century Anatolia. Thus, the House with its collection is the only place in Ankara featuring such sort of display in a traditional Turkish house.