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Open Library / Superpool

  • 01:00 - 23 November, 2009
Open Library / Superpool
Open Library / Superpool, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Istanbul, Turkey
  • Architects

  • Project Team

    Selva Gürdoğan, Gregers Tang Thomsen
  • Collaborators

    Quinze & Milan
  • Client

    Platform Garanti
  • Area

    260.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. Installation of a public reading room in an art gallery space is a generous addition to the urban life of Istanbul’s most crowded pedestrian street.

The gallery space is designed like an auditorium, with seats on one side facing a ‘stage’ with the books arranged as a backdrop. The proposal with a single element tries to create multiple options for public interaction; lectures, readings, screenings, casual conversations can all be accommodated.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The mezzanine level above the gallery floor is used for more focused visitors in need of a private study zone.

The three-month-long library installation intends to expose the multiple responsibilities and operations of an art institution to its audience.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
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kao · January 29, 2012

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Ron Wessels · November 28, 2009

Nog een mooie "bibliotheek" OPen library, een openbare leeszaal in een kunstgallerie. Heel apart...

Porfirio Hernández · November 27, 2009

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pelican · November 26, 2009

nice atmosphere! a bit concerned about the dangling high heels behind my head though...

Mariam · November 24, 2009

The colors, lighting and the white furniture ! all of these elements created a welcoming space that forces you to stay in and read ! the idea of having the shelves and a ladder is impressive , the openness inside the library let people interact more which is indeed a great way to create an inside urban space !!

nanoNone · November 24, 2009

teo: looks like shelve system. See section plan. Very nice project, congrats.

teo · November 24, 2009

I'm sorry to ask, but what are those urinal shaped things?

Juan · November 24, 2009

I will try it just tomorrow!!!!

Halima Rashid · November 23, 2009

very elegant and colorful place.. Indeed it is very suitable to be part of an art gallery..I would love to stay here and read!!

tchouah · November 23, 2009

Once again, ex-OMA members


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