Painting Istanbul in Red

John Hill
29. giugno 2022
Photo © Thomas Mayer_Archive
The museum has moved to Antrepo No. 5 in Karaköy Harbor, into an old dock building allocated to Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in 2009 for the purpose of transforming it into the new home of the Istanbul Painting and Sculpture Museum, which was established in 1937. (Photo © Thomas Mayer_Archive)
In a statement from EAA: "Instead of a conventional framework-glass solution for the transparent facade that would cover the work and [protect] it from the elements, we undertook an original system quoting the industrial past of the structure." (Photo © Thomas Mayer_Archive)
That system of projecting boxes that resemble shipping containers is most dramatic at night, when uplighting bathes the corrugated metal surfaces in red. (Photo © Thomas Mayer_Archive)
A sketch by Emre Arolat conveys the contemporary character of the museum, set in contrast to the adjacent Nusretiye Mosque. (Drawing © Emre Arolat)
The final result is closely aligned to the design sketch. (Photo © Thomas Mayer_Archive)
More than an external statement, the illuminated red surfaces extend inside the museum, even when it is bright outside. (Photo © Thomas Mayer_Archive)
Seen up close, one can grasp that the corrugated surfaces are perforated, meaning the red light is visible through the openings when the ambient light levels are lower than the red light. (Photo © Thomas Mayer_Archive)
A network of walkways and bridges leads in and out of the boxes that house small galleries. (Photo © Thomas Mayer_Archive)
With the insertion of the museum into the formerly industrial building, EAA hopes their design will "form a new, original and fresh center within the cultural landscape of the city." (Photo © Thomas Mayer_Archive)
Project: MSGSU Istanbul Painting and Sculpture Museum, 2021
Client: Mimar Sinan Fine Art University (MSGSU)
Location: Istanbul Turkey
Architecture: EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture
Interior Design: EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture
Landscape: EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture, DS Architecture
Ground Improvement: Geocon
Infrastructure: Proses Engineering
Structural Engineering: Tezkon Engineering
Sructural Consultant: Prof. Dr. Nejdet Torunbalcı
Mechanical Engineering: Dinamik Project Engineering
Electrical Engineering: Hb Teknik Engineering
Facade Engineering: Axis Engineering
Lighting Design: SLD - Studio Light Design, Philips
Acoustic Consultant: Sey Consultancy
Fire Consultant: Prof. Dr. Abdurrahman Kılıç
Security Adviser: ICTS Global Security
Accessibility Consultant: Tayneks
Signage Consultant: BADS – Başak Atalay Design Studio
Vertical Circulation Consultant: OTIS
Site Area: 5,370m²
Gross Floor Area: 20,087m²
Site Plan (Drawing © EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture)
Second Floor Plan (Drawing © EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture)
Section Perspective (Visualization © EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture)

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