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Borusan Music and Art Centre, Istanbul, Turkey

Tuesday 22 Dec 2009

Turkish delight

Ozlem Avcioglu 
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11/01/10 Elizabeth B. Sharkov, Los Angeles
I do agree. Gutting old interiors are possible, but it should be done in a sensitive way which enhance the original, not brutalizing it... Yes, it is a beautiful building in a beautiful part of a beautiful City!
05/01/10 Rina Dalibard, Ottawa,Canada
Facadism of an outstanding historic building, brutally gutted and stuffed with interior that ignores its dignified shell. Sad.

GAD-designed music and arts centre opening to coincide with Istanbul’s ‘2010 European Capital of Culture’ 

The Borusan Music and Art Centre designed by GAD Architecture will be opened in January of next year, in conjunction with Istanbul’s ‘Capital of Culture’ program. The building is in the historic neighborhood of Beyoglu and has been converted to house a multi-purpose space for exhibitions, events, rehearsals and various cultural training programs.

GAD’s design preserves and restores the historic building which was built in 1875. The shell of the existing building, which is typical of the facades along the famous Istiklal Caddesi, has been preserved while the core has been completely removed. Architects inserted a contrasting contemporary ‘box’ within the core. The ‘box’ is designed using a lightweight steel dia-grid frame system along its perimeter. This strategy allows for an open floor plan, and offers programmatic flexibility between all the floors. The inserted ‘box’ appears to be suspended and is framed by the historic masonry shell.

Several art installations have been integrated into the build including tube LED’s illuminating the V-columns, designed by Leo Villareal. On the entrance floor, Edison light bulbs rise up and down simultaneously with the on-going music. Three doors (red, yellow and blue), attract the visitor’s attention, through the illusion of an infinite passage through the building. A glass and mirror pyramid on the floor creates many different visions, depending on the angle of view.

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