Open Library / Superpool

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© Iwan Baan

Architects: Superpool
Location: Istanbul,
Project Team: Selva Gürdoğan, Gregers Tang Thomsen
Client: Platform Garanti
Collaborators: Quinze & Milan
Project Area: 260 sqm
Project year: 2008
Photographs: Iwan Baan

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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.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

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.

floor plan
floor plan
© 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.

Cite: "Open Library / Superpool" 23 Nov 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Sep 2014. <>


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    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!!

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    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 !!

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