Kengo Kuma's stacked-timber Odunpazari Modern Museum opens in Turkey - architecture and design

Kengo Kuma's stacked-timber Odunpazari Modern Museum opens in Turkey



The Odunpazari Modern Museum, designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates, has opened its doors in Eskisehir, northwest Turkey.
Built to house the modern art collection of architect and chairperson of Turkish contractor Polimeks, Erol Tabanca, the museum in the Odunpazari district of Eskisehir is formed of a cluster of boxes made from stacked, interlocking timber beams.

Odunpazari, which means firewood market in Turkish, used to be a centre for timber trading and Kengo Kuma and Associates took this history as the basis for the design.
"Timber is really important to the town's heritage," said Yuki Ikeguchi?, partner at Kengo Kuma and Associates.

"Ensuring that the building spoke to the history and memory of its setting was always front and centre in our minds. It has been always our practice's keen interest to build with timber that gives comfort and warmth to the space and is kind to the environment."
The building consists of a group of square-shaped blocks that are surrounded by laminated-timber beams stacked on top of each other. These have been arranged to continue the streetscape of the surrounding Ottoman houses.
"Cantilevers and rotation makes the streetscape and walkthrough experience very special and unexpected," explained Ikeguchi.

"It was my intention to make a link to the unique character of the Ottoman houses adjacent to the site by stacking and rotating the boxes that offer the opportunity to house exhibitions and activities in ...
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