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Tuesday01 September 2015

Grimshaw wins Istanbul museum

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Project due to open to the public in 2016

Grimshaw has won a competition to design Koç Contemporary, a new contemporary art museum in Istanbul.

The project for the Vehbi Koç Foundation is situated in the Beyoglu area of Istanbul, which is currently undergoing redevelopment.

Grimshaw’s proposal was selected from a longlist of 20 international entries and is inspired by the mosaic tiled forms of traditional Ottoman architecture.

Grimshaw's Koç Contemporary in Istanbul.

Grimshaw’s Koç Contemporary in Istanbul.

Lighting specialist Jason Bruges will also be working on the project, incorporating video, media installations, performance art and music events into the design of the visitor spaces.

Kirsten Lees, partner at Grimshaw, said: “Koç Contemporary is a hugely exciting and ambitious project that will have a significant impact not only on the role of contemporary art in Istanbul, to educate and exchange ideas, but on the regeneration of a rich and diverse area of the city. The inter-relationship between architecture, place and the collections informed our proposals to enrich the visitor experience.”

The museum is due to open to the public in 2016.

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  • Austin Clegg

    Grim, sure!

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  • The design does respond to its cultural context in one respect.
    It's a complete turkey.
    'Turkish tile and error terror' would be a better headline.

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