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Odunpazari Modern Art Museum, by Kengo Kuma and Associates Has Opened to Public

Odunpazari Modern Art Museum by Kengo Kuma and Associates has opend its doors to public in Eskisehir, Turkey. The 4,500m2 museum houses an internationally significant collection of modern and contemporary art spanning the 1950s to the present day. The museum was founded by businessman and art collector Erol Tabanca.

Text description provided by architects. Odunpazari Modern Art Museum is to exhibit the owner’s collection of Turkish modern art. The Museum is located in the city of Eskisehir where the owner, Mr. Erol TABANCA was born and raised.

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The project is to 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.

The site is in the area called Odunpazari. It is situated at the threshold of newly developed urban area and small scale town scape of traditional Ottoman wooden houses. These wooden house, 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.

We aim 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. Stacked boxes at the street level 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.

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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. 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.

Project Name : Odunpazari Modern Art Museum

Architect : Kengo Kuma and Associates

Location : Eskisehir, Turkey

Client : POLIMEKS, Erol Tabanca

Partner in charge : Yuki Ikeguchi

Building Type : Art Museum

Area : 4,500 m2

Project Year : 2019

Photograph : Naaro

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