Established in 1969, the Vehbi Koç Foundation is one of the largest nongovernmental organizations in Turkey with a mission to create charitable education, healthcare and cultural heritage services for the Turkish people. The Foundation held a competition in 2013 to design a new contemporary art museum and Grimshaw Architects – with an architectural vision based on traditional Ottoman architecture – was selected as the winner.
The Arter is in the vibrant Beyoglu district of Istanbul and provides 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.
We provided structural design, civil engineering and façade engineering services to Grimshaw Architects for this 18,000-square-meter project, which was completed in 2019.
- The building design is 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.
- Through highly insulated wall construction and using the self-shading potential of the building volumes, the facade performance contributed substantially to the building being awarded LEED Gold certification.