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The Koc Gallery in Istanbul, Turkey. Courtesy Grimshaw Architects.

  • COMPLETION DATE
    2016

Overview

Thornton Tomasetti is providing structural design, civil engineering and building façade consulting services for a new contemporary art gallery in Istanbul, working with Grimshaw Architects. Located in the vibrant Beyoglu district of Istanbul, the gallery will provide not only a home for the foundation’s ever-growing modern art collection, but also spaces for a variety of temporary exhibitions and events, as well as a theatre, library, learning center and a café.

The building is designed as a deceptively simple juxtaposition of volumes, its “jewel box” appearance is because of the careful detailing of the façade as well as the choice of materials. Most of the façade will be clad in solid ceramic and 3D glass reinforced concrete (GRC) panels with a variety of light-reflecting finishes, creating an animated texture while still echoing the rich Turkish tradition of ceramic production and coloring. The same 3D effect applies to the filigree shading screen enveloping the sculptural terrace. The team has developed an option using ultra high performance concrete that would not require any additional reinforcing substructure.

The transparent elements of the façade include a fully glazed entrance with composite steel-and-glass fins spanning 15 meters and a variety of façade typologies including frameless glazing and externally hung shading elements in GRC.

The building aims to achieve LEED Gold, which the façade performance will contribute substantially to through highly insulated wall construction and using the self-shading potential of the building volumes.

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