Çinili Hamam Zeyrek

ITOAŞ – KaBa Architects – Zeyrek/Istanbul – 2016

Planlux team has started to develop architectural lighting design concept for Çinili Hamam Zeyrek by ITOAŞ , architectural design by KaBa Architects

The Cinili Hamam is the most eminent  located on Itfaiye Street in Istanbul’s Fatih district.

The Cinili Hamam was built by Mimar Sinan during the second quarter of the 16th century to generate revenue for the Hayrettin Paşa Madrasah and its tomb. The  is also called The Zeyrek Çinili  and The Hayrettin Paşa . It took its present name from the İznik tiles covering its walls which have not made it to the present day. After two large fires in 1782 and 1833, it was repaired and transferred to an individual owner.

The camekan of the double- styled Cinili  is not in contradiction with Classical Ottoman architecture; it is covered by a large dome.  There is a pool with a fountain in the middle of the camekan, which is thought to have been a gift by the Shar of Iran. A court surrounded by small individual changing rooms and covered by a dome has been established in the middle of the hamam. The changing rooms of the hamam are located upstairs and they pass from the camekan into the ılıklık (lukewarm section) which is covered by an arched roof. Later, four keseliks, a type of bathing cabin used for exfoliating the skin, have been added to the ılıklık. From the ılıklık, one continues to the harare (hot section) through a passageway. While walking through the passageway, a bathroom covered by five domes draws the attention of visitors.There are four halvets (a very hot bathing cubicle within the ), three sofas (halls), and a plinth (göbek taşı). There are also two verses, each written in Persian, on the doors of halvet.