Interlocking wooden boxes designed for the museum of modern art

The firm of renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma unveiled an interesting design for an art museum in Turkey, based on stacked and nested wooden boxes. Although it is still only a concept at the moment, we hope that the Odunpazari Museum of Modern Art will move forward, as it has the potential to become something special.

The Odunpazari Museum of Modern Art is planned for Eskisehir in northwestern Turkey in a newly developed urban area called Odunpazar, which the company says means timber market in Turkish.

Traditional Ottoman-era wooden houses can be found nearby, and their cantilevered design is reflected in the shape of the museum. Composed of large structures in the form of stacked wooden boxes of different sizes, the unusual shape of the museum would allow for many exhibition areas of different sizes inside.

Natural light is obtained through the skylight and the renderings also show spaces between the wooden slats (presumably these should be covered with glass). The total area would be 3,582 m² (38,556 ft²).

“The stacked and nested boxes are designed in different sizes to create various scales of exhibition space inside,” the company explains. “The boxes on the ground floor offer possibilities for large-scale installation and artwork. The boxes get smaller on the upper levels to display smaller, more intimate works of art.

The project was designed for a private owner to exhibit a collection of modern Turkish art. At this early stage, there isn’t a lot of information available – such as the chances of it actually being built – but we’ll keep you posted.

Source: Kengo Kuma and associates


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