Buildings of this type display many 18th and 19th century architectural features derived from the Balkans. The majority of them are two-storey structures with a stone-built ground floor, while the upper floor has a projecting sunroom known as a sachnisi or kioski, nailed window and door frames and a tiled roof.

Fine examples are to be found at various locations throughout Heraklion.

A typical example of Ottoman architecture still standing in Korai St, Heraklion, 2004 (photograph: Vassilis Kozonakis)
Typical Ottoman buildings in Korai St. (Stergios G. Spanakis, Liana Starida Collection)