Istanbul Turkey Museum of Painting and Sculpture, Photos of Karaköy Port Building, Turkish Architecture Development
August 3, 2022
Design: EAA Emre Arolat
Location: Port of Karaköy, Istanbul, Western Turkey (Türkiye)
Photos: Thomas Mayer, Cemal Emden, Engin Gerçek and EAA Emre Arolat
Istanbul Painting and Sculpture Museum, Turkey
In 2009, Warehouse Number 5 at Karaköy Port was awarded to Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts with the aim of transforming it into Istanbul Painting and Sculpture Museum.
Thus the way was opened for the public use of a space which, although located on an important site in the city center, had almost no social permeability, and for the construction of an original and quality museum housing thousands of precious works including important pieces from late Ottoman painting to modern Turkish painting.
At EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture, in the initial research phase of the design process, we studied the history of the physical and sociological characteristics of the area.
In this context, the particular place that the warehouses and office buildings erected since the end of the 1950s constituted in the visual memory was essential, beyond the identity of industrial and port territory which had distinguished it for centuries. from other parts of the city. We emphasized the importance of preserving these buildings, whose characteristics of scale and structure were so important.
In particular, the horizontal geometry of the reinforced concrete of the warehouse buildings, repeated in the axis of the plan, was a most noteworthy feature, and one of the main objectives of our design became to pursue it. We planned a three-dimensional grid structure in which the galleries of the new museum would be placed, largely preserving the reinforced concrete load-bearing system while removing the walls and floors.
Museologically, we expected that over time the works on display would be categorized according to changing curatorial approaches, and grouped and assigned to galleries based on how the spaces were used. Our goal was to make it possible for themes to evolve based on various such scenarios.
Instead of a classic glass-framed solution for the transparent façade that would cover the structure and protect it from the weather, we undertook an original system taking up the industrial past of the structure.
The galleries, organized in such a way that some can be connected and others isolated, are linked together by new passages and bridges. Thus an environment was set up where interfaces between galleries were formed offering unexpected perspectives, while the spectators could establish unmixed relationships with the works in a sterile environment as well as relationships between the galleries and the city.
The narrow and long office structure built on the side of Meclis-i Mebusan Boulevard next to the warehouse building had serious weaknesses in its load-bearing system, as well as particularly original facades. We planned to rebuild it with a similar feeling for the memory.
The three-dimensional empty space formed in this section allowed the entrance and diffusion spaces to be enriched with workshop and public use functions. By treating the ground floor with a strategy of use that was as permeable as possible, the relationship that this structure would establish with the other buildings and the open spaces that surrounded it was reinforced.
It is hoped that all these structural features will help the Painting and Sculpture Museum of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University to form a new, original and fresh center in the cultural landscape of the city.
Istanbul Painting and Sculpture Museum in Karaköy Port, Turkey – Building Information
Architect: EAA Emre Arolat – https://emrearolat.com/
Project size: 20087 m²
Site area: 5370 m²
Project budget: 45,000,000.00 USD
Completion date: 2022
Building levels: 4
Photography: Thomas Mayer, Cemal Emden, Engin Gerçek and EAA Emre Arolat
Images of Istanbul Museum of Painting and Sculpture Building / Information Received 050322 from Uyghur Architects
Location: Port of Karaköy, IstanbulTurkey
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