This project has taken a historic building on the famous Istiklal Caddesi and inserted a modern core to provide a multi-purpose cultural centre. The historic shell has been restored, while the contemporary box at its heart comprises a lightweight steel dia-grid frame of V columns supporting open-plan floors, including two storeys of exhibition space, double-height concert halls, rehearsal rooms, a cafe and roof terrace. Many art works are integral to the building, including LEDs illuminating the V columns. While preserving Istanbul’s architectural heritage, the project also aims to symbolise the city’s artistic renaissance in a playful tension between past and present.
Borusan Music & Art House Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2010.
Presentation panels are drawings, images, and text graphically prepared by the architect and submitted to the Aga Khan Award for Architecture during the later round of the Award cycle. The portfolios are kept in the Aga Khan Trust for Culture Library for consultation purposes.