The Odunpazari Modern Museum (OMM) by Kengo Kuma and Associates will open in June 2019, situated in Eskişehir, a university town in the northwest of Turkey. The OMM will feature an internationally significant collection of modern and contemporary art, showcased within a scheme designed by the architect behind the recently-completed V&A Dundee.
The 4,500-square-meter scheme is defined by a distinctive stacked timber design, drawing inspiration from Odunpazari’s traditional Ottoman wooden cantilevered houses that are synonymous with the district, and pays homage to the town’s history as a thriving wood market. Along with several other city museums in the surrounding area, OMM will create a museum square and public meeting place in the town.
Split over three levels, the scheme entices visitors on a journey through a variety of exhibition spaces, with large spaces on the ground level echoing the rhythm and scale of the urban context, and smaller rooms on the upper floors housing smaller-scale works. At the center, a skylit atrium allows natural light to permeate the building.
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At the heart of this project was a desire to create a link between people and art. We wanted the building to carry the history and memory of the town, to resonate both on a human scale and with the unique streetscape of Odunpazari, which passing through is a special experience in itself. We very much look forward to seeing the public enjoy and interact with the building.
-Yuki Ikeguchi (Partner) / Kengo Kuma (Founder), Kengo Kuma and Associates
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