Yapı Kredi Culture Centre in Istanbul, Turkey by Teget

 


Originally published in The Architectural Review December 2017/January 2018 and on architectural-review.com.

AR New into Old Winner: Teget’s transformation of a bland bank building into the Yapı Kredi Culture Centre is an experimental cultural provocation

“On the European side of Istanbul, in what is roughly the geographic centre of the vast metropolis, is the neighbourhood of Beyoğlu. Like much of Istanbul, Beyoğlu’s histories are manifest in the medieval towers, neoclassical embassies and modernist synagogues that run from the banks of the Golden Horn waterway up to the hilltop spine of İstiklal Avenue. Stretching virtually straight for two kilometres across the top of the hill, İstiklal is remarkable in a city of jumbled alleyways. With its nineteenth century streetscape, it’s a boulevard that wouldn’t look out of place in Vienna or Paris. Indeed, the influence of French architects and engineers is hard to miss on the street once known as the Grande Rue de Péra. Between Gezi Park – designed by Henri Prost for Atatürk in 1943 – at one end, and the Tünel – a nineteenth century funicular designed by Eugène-Henri Gavand – at the other, the İstiklal Avenue is lined with skinny, four-story buildings with single facades…

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Originally published in The Architectural Review December 2017/January 2018 and on architectural-review.com.

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