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Kengo Kuma's Odunpazari Modern Art Museum comprised of wooden volumes opens in Turkey

Turkey Architecture News - Sep 7, 2019 - 09:00   8050 views

Kengo Kuma's Odunpazari Modern Art Museum comprised of wooden volumes opens in Turkey

Kengo Kuma and Associates' Odunpazari Modern Art Museum (OMM) opens today in Eskişehir, Turkey. Located in Eskişehir, northwest of Turkey, the new museum will house Erol Tabanca's collection of Turkish modern art in Eskişehir where the owner was born and raised. 

OMM is located in Odunpazarı; a site nominated to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. The OMM was founded by Turkish architect and art collector Erol Tabanca and the new 4,500-square-metre building will feature exhibition spaces, event venues, workshops, a café, and a museum shop. The architect first released preliminary design in 2017. 

The project will realize the owner’s ambition to promote Turkish art and to make cultural contribution to the city of Eskisehir. Eskisehir is known as university town where young population is large and the city has lively and active atmosphere.

Kengo Kuma's Odunpazari Modern Art Museum comprised of wooden volumes opens in Turkey

The site is situated at the threshold of newly developed urban area and small scale town scape of traditional Ottoman wooden houses. These wooden houses, with cantilevered volume at upper level, were built in lines along the meandering small streets that makes the street scape and walk though experience quite unique and unexpected.

The architect aimed to reflect this street scape quality into the new architectural design of the museum that stands in the urban scale. "Our design strategy is to make the volume in aggregation; stacking small boxes to create the urban scale architecture," said Kengo Kuma and Associates. 

Kengo Kuma's Odunpazari Modern Art Museum comprised of wooden volumes opens in Turkey

The project is comprised of stacked boxes at the street level and is read in the scale of surrounding houses and it grows taller towards the center of the museum to stands in the urban scape that announces itself as new cultural landmark of the area.

Kengo Kuma's Odunpazari Modern Art Museum comprised of wooden volumes opens in Turkey

The stacked and interlocked boxes are designed in various sizes to create diverse scales of exhibition space inside. Boxes at the ground level offers opportunities for large scale art works and installation. The boxes get smaller at upper levels to exhibit smaller, intimate scale art works. 

Kengo Kuma's Odunpazari Modern Art Museum comprised of wooden volumes opens in Turkey

The central atrium, composed with timber blocks, connects each level to let the natural light through skylight above. The name of this area “Odunpazari” means “wood market” in Turkish. 

The exterior envelop of the museum is composed with timber in full extent signifying the history and memory of the place that used to function as market in trading wood.

Kengo Kuma's Odunpazari Modern Art Museum comprised of wooden volumes opens in Turkey

Project facts

Name: Odunpazari Modern Museum (OMM)

Architect: Kengo Kuma and Associates

Location: Eskişehir, Northwest Turkey

All images courtesy of Kengo Kuma and Associates

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