Open Library

Open Library

Unknown, Turkey
Iwan Baan

Open Library

Superpool as Architects

Project description Installation of a public reading room in an art gallery space is a generous addition to the urban life of Istanbul’s most crowded pedestrian street, Istiklal Caddesi.

The gallery space is designed like an auditorium, with seats on one side facing a ‘stage’ with the books arranged as a backdrop. The proposal with a single element tries to create multiple options for public interaction; lectures, readings, screenings, casual conversations can all be accommodated.

The mezzanine level above the gallery floor is used for more focused visitors in need of a private study zone.

The three-month-long library installation intends to expose the multiple responsibilities and operations of an art institution to its audience.

Credit list Team: Selva Gürdoğan, Gregers Tang Thomsen

Type: Commission Size: 260 m2 Client: Platform Garanti Collaborators: Quinze & Milan Location: Istanbul, Turkey Status: Completed

Photography; Iwan Baan

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