ANKARA ORCHARD HOUSE
Ankara Orchard House assumed the mission of a bridge of culture to ensure the continuity of the lifestyle it represents and to make it available to future generations, as an indispensable element of Ankara's collective memory, with its architectural characteristics and values.
Various events by VEKAM, such as symposia, conferences, workshops etc. are held at Ankara Orchard House, which is also known as "Gedikoğlu Orchard", and which is one of the last Orchard houses of Keçiören. The house was built for Ali Gedikoğlu, a member of Ankara's gentry, and the uncle in law of Vehbi Koç. Later on, the house was bought by Vehbi Koç, and finally donated by Semahat Arsel to Vehbi Koç Foundation, for it to be restored to reflect the life in its era. The house was restored by Ark İnşaat ve Ticaret A.Ş., and decorated by specialists from Sadberk Hanım Museum, to open its gates once again in 2007. The Ankara Orchard House is one of the last remaining examples of our cultural heritage, and is thus registered as a Cultural Heritage Requiring Priority Care.
The rooms of the house are arranged around a central hall. The locals call the hall to which the rooms open, "karnıyarık". A part of the kitchen lying to the front-left corner of the ground floor is kept in its authentic form, while the rest of the section was updated to provide functional services to visitors. The upper floor is designed and furnished with a perspective reflecting the house life in the decades of transition from the Ottoman Empire to the Republic.
The upper floor's high ceilings are decorated with wooden beads; the hall and the rooms are larger. Divans extend under the windows through the whole length of the walls of the hall, which is also used as a seating and gathering place. Divans are reserved for the elderly and the guests, while bentwood chairs placed side by side are for the children to use. The ceilings of the middle floor, known also as the "winter floor", are kept lower, to make the rooms warmer during long and cold winters.