Kengo Kuma-designed Odunpazari museum opens in Turkey
Leisure Opportunities
Job search
Job Search
see all jobs
Latest job opportunities
Carmarthenshire County Council
£18,795* Fixed Point *Pro-rata
Carmarthen, UK
Celtic Leisure
Circa £27,000
Neath Leisure Centre / The Vale of Neath Leisure Centre
Vibrant Partnerships
£21,477 - £25,759
Lee Valley VeloPark, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, East London
Warner Bros. Studio Tour
Competitive Salary
Leavesden, London, UK
star job
Gedling Borough Council
£9.94 - £10.34 per hour
Carlton, Nottingham, UK

Kengo Kuma-designed Odunpazari museum opens in Turkey

Job opportunities
The National Trust for Scotland
£40,732
location: Inverewe Garden, Poolewe, Achnasheen
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
£32,000 per annum
location: Wakehurst
Active Kids Adventure Park
Dependent upon experience
location: Perthshire, UK
more jobs
Throughout the building, the geometry is not perpendicular. I think the fact that such a geometrical building can also be as organic will surprise people

Kengo Kuma's latest creation – the Odunpazari Modern Museum in Eskisehir, Turkey – has opened, with the architect striving to create a sense of intimacy and warmth through its wood-clad buildings.

The inspiration for Kuma's design, which is based on a cluster of boxes clad with stacked, interlocking timber beams, comes from the history of the location, which used to be a centre for timber trading. The word odunpazari means firewood market in Turkish.

Built to house the 1,000-piece modern art collection of Erol Tabanca, an architect and chair of Turkish contractor Polimeks, the blocks of the 4,500sq metre (14,760sq ft) museum are rotated and arranged so as to complement the surrounding streetscape of Ottoman houses.

Containing a café and a shop, the museum buildings are designed to provide smaller, more intimate spaces on the lower floors, with large, open galleries for events and exhibitions on upper floors.

At the centre of the building, where four of the stacked blocks meet, there's a skylit atrium that stretches the full height of the three-storey building. Kuma said his intention with the museum building was to create a sense of intimacy and warmth by using small-scale units, wood and natural light.

"Throughout the building, the geometry is not perpendicular," he said. "I think the fact that such a geometrical building can also be as organic will surprise people."

To mark the opening of the museum, digital art collective Marshmallow Laser Feast has installed two immersive exhibitions, which will run until December 2019. These installations – titled Treehugger and In The Eyes of the Animal – combine VR with aerial, 360-degree drone filming, taking visitors through a digital forest.

Viewers can embody various creatures as they fly above the trees in In The Eyes of the Animal, while Treehugger documents rare and endangered trees. Marshmallow Laser Feast said the installations were intended to convey an important environmental message: that the protection and restoration of the environment are crucial to the future of humanity.

The first exhibitions at the museum also include a large-scale installation by Japanese bamboo artist Tanabe Chikuunsai IV, made from woven bamboo, which will be in situ for a year.

Kengo Kuma's recent work has included the V&A in Dundee, and the new Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
Kengo Kuma's latest creation – the Odunpazari Modern Museum in Eskisehir, Turkey – has opened, with the architect striving to create a sense of intimacy and warmth through its wood-clad buildings.
CLD,VAT,HAM,ARC,DES
imagesX/THUMB342968_196820_331125.jpg

More News

1 - 15 of 42,127
18 Oct 2019
Physical activity bodies ukactive and EuropeActive have agreed to strengthen their partnership in the event of the UK leaving the European Union. ukactive CEO Huw ... More
18 Oct 2019
A long-planned project to drill for geothermal heat to power the Eden Project site in Cornwall will finally go ahead, after EU and Cornwall Council ... More
18 Oct 2019
David Walliams, the comedian, actor and best-selling author, is partnering with the UK's Alton Towers Resort to bring characters from his children's books to life ... More
18 Oct 2019
Funding support for York's National Railway Museum, Coventry's 2021 UK City of Culture programme and infrastructure and maintenance work at local and regional museums across ... More
18 Oct 2019
MVRDV has recently completed the WERK12 mixed-use building in Munich, Germany, with elements that can be adapted for use by different tenants and an artistic ... More
18 Oct 2019
The first-ever FIBO Southeast Asia fitness event will be held in Singapore next year. Taking place at the iconic Marina Bay Sands from 24 to ... More
Focus Training
Focus Training
18 Oct 2019
Cancer survivors should undertake a minimum of 90 minutes of aerobic and resistance training each week, according to new guidelines published in the Medicine & ... More
18 Oct 2019
Native has opened the UK's largest aparthotel, designed by Archer Humphryes Architects, in Manchester's former Ducie Street railway goods warehouse. Covering 20,000sq ft (1,900sq m), ... More
18 Oct 2019
The Health Foundation has called for a more joined-up, whole government approach to policy-making, in order to ensure the future health of young people. The ... More
17 Oct 2019
Thrive Global, the wellness and behaviour change tech firm founded by Arianna Huffington, has acquired neuroscience-based AI company Boundless Mind. Boundless specialises in behavioural design ... More
17 Oct 2019
Regular exercise is highly beneficial for all patients with cardiovascular disease regardless of age. A study published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology investigated the ... More
17 Oct 2019
LXA has inserted a 2,000sq ft (186sq m) indoor/outdoor boxing gym into a mixed-use building in London for use by local residents and office workers. ... More
EMD UK
EMD UK
17 Oct 2019
A £13m (US$16.8m, €15.1m) project to create a museum that celebrates Blackpool's role in the development of British popular culture is moving forward, following the ... More
17 Oct 2019
The number of UK adults classed as physically active has increased by 1 million in the past four years. Latest figures from Sport England's Active ... More
16 Oct 2019
The government is investing an additional £13m in Bikeability, a programme designed to ensure schoolchildren across England will learn essential cycling skills. Bikeability training is ... More
Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS)
Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS)
1 - 15 of 42,127
Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester Metropolitan University