facebook
Twitter
Linkedin
Feedback

Wednesday23 July 2014

Grimshaw wins Istanbul museum

  • Email
  • Comments (3)
  • Save

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.

Share

Readers' comments (3)

  • Grim, sure!

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • clichy

    I dread to think how bad the other 19 entries were if this was the best.
    And just listen to the archibabble - 'inspired by the mosaic tiled forms of traditional Ottoman architecture' It has a tiled façade that in no way reflects traditional Ottoman Architecture.
    'The inter-relationship between architecture, place and the collections informed our proposals' - really, then how did you end up with a somewhat dated concrete box totally alien to the context of the city and the culture of Turkey.
    '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' - oh dear, it is 2013, have we not moved beyond the rather stale video, media and performance art nonsense.
    This is a bad building and one can only feel sorry for the residents of Istanbul.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • 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.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

sign in register
  • Email
  • Comments (3)
  • Save
Latest
News
Sign in

Email Newsletters

Sign out to login as another user

I'm searching for in
Desktop Site | Mobile Site