Kengo Kuma to Design Ottoman-Style Museum in Turkey

The wood-slatted volumes recall traditional Ottoman design as well as the local wood markets that once populated the neighborhood. All images courtesy Kengo Kuma & Associates.

Kengo Kuma & Associates has released renderings for the Odunpazari Modern Art Museum in Eskisehir, Turkey. Dedicated to Turkish art, the venue’s form will be crafted from intersecting slatted, wooden volumes to harmonize with local architecture.

Images courtesy Kengo Kuma & Associates.

Spanning different sizes and directions, the stacked volumes will resemble traditional Ottoman homes and be cantilevered on the upper levels to establish a diverse configuration of indoor-outdoor exhibition spaces. The irregularity of the stacks will cause the structure to increase in height at its center. Four of the box-like volumes will converge to from the skylight pouring daylight into the central atrium, while the slats will also infuse light through the interior. Horizontal timber planks will be featured on each block in homage to the wood markets that once graced Odunpazari.