This competition-winning project for the Vehbi Koç Foundation in Istanbul creates a 13,000 sq m showcase for its diverse collection of artistic works. The Foundation’s philanthropy has contributed to Turkey’s cultural and social spheres for more than 40 years.
Reflecting this rich heritage, the building articulates the founder’s vision for social responsibility, which is communicated through contemporary art, to create a regional, national and international context for artists. Within the project, a wide range of spaces are interlinked and create proximate exhibition areas for film, video, music, dance, literature and traditional arts.
The close adjacency of different media encourages a diverse approach to programming that aims to transcend usual boundaries between visual arts, performing arts and digital media.
In keeping with the Foundation’s public patronage, the heart of the proposal hinges around spaces for everyone to access, both within and outside of the museum. Similarly, the large ‘street gallery’ that faces the main road at lower levels acts as an invitation to explore, creating an extension between the streetscape and building.
Photo credits: Grimshaw Architects