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Open Library / Superpool

  • Architects: Superpool
  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Architects: Superpool
  • Project Team: Selva Gürdoğan, Gregers Tang Thomsen
  • Collaborators: Quinze & Milan
  • Client: Platform Garanti
  • Area: 260.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan

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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