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.
Radoine, Hassan (curator). 2012. CHANGE: Architecture and Engineering in the Middle East, 2000-Present. [Exhibition brochure]
A brochure for the "CHANGE: Architecture & Engineering in the Middle East, 2000-Present" exhibition organized by the AIA New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture Foundation and curated by Dr. Hassan Radoine. The exhibition documents modern architectural production of architects and engineers in the Middle East that has influenced the rapid transformation of the region, including the construction of housing, governmental buildings, tourist resorts, theme parks, towers, the development of cities, and historic preservation.