Kengo Kuma & Associates has unveiled their design for the Odunpazari Modern Art Museum, currently under construction in Eskisehir, Turkey, a city well-regarded for its university and young, lively population. Borrowing from the scale and materiality of traditional Ottoman wooden houses, the museum seeks to become a new cultural venue that both stands out and integrates into the existing streetscape.
The new museum will be located in the neighborhood known as Odunpazari (“wood market” in Turkish), an area of the city home to intimate, meandering streets and historic Ottoman homes that feature cantilevered upper levels. This language has been adapted for the design of the museum.
“Our design strategy is to make the volume in aggregation; stacking small boxes to create urban scale architecture,” explain the architects.
Stacked boxes of varying sizes reflect the scale of the surrounding homes along the street level, and rise towards the center of the structure to “[announce] itself as new cultural landmark of the area.”
Inside the building, gallery spaces in a range of sizes offer flexible opportunities for the display of art; boxes located on the ground floor are designed to accommodate large-scale art installations, while smaller boxes on the upper levels will provide space for more intimate exhibitions. A central atrium, constructed of timber blocks, connects each level and allows natural light to permeate through the building through the skylight above.
The project is currently under construction – an opening date is yet to be announced.
News via Kengo Kuma & Associates.
LocationEskişehir, Eskişehir Province, Turkey
Project ManagerYasemin Sahiner
ClientPolimeks Holdings, INC.
Mechanical EngineerTEMA Engineering and Consulting Trade Ltd.
General ContractorPolimeks Holdings, INC.
Building Area1,220 m2
Total Floor Area3,582 m2
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