Omer Selcuk Baz and his team in Yalin Architectural Design has won first prize in the National Architectural Design Competition for the Museum of Troy, one of the most famous archeological sites in the world, listed as UNESCO World heritage site. With a history of 5000 years and a significance for the development of European Civilization, Troy represents artistically and historically a profound cultural influence from the time of Homer to the World War I.
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, the organiser of the
competition expropriated 10 hectares for the purpose. The museum is
planned to be constructed close to the archaeological site, adjacent to
the village of Tevfikiye in Canakkale. It will conserve and exhibit the
artifacts unearthed at the site. The museum contains conservation and
restoration labs, 2000 sq m of storage, permanent and temporary
exhibition spaces, activity areas, café, restaurants and retail
facilities as well as access to natural environment.
Architects: Yalin Architecture Design
Location: Troy, Canakkale
Architectural Design: Ömer Selçuk Baz, Okan Bal, Ozan Elter, Ece Özdür, Melek Kılınç, Sezi Zaman, Ege Battal, Lebriz Atan
Exhibition: Deniz Unsal, Lebriz Atan, Ece Özdür
Illustrations and Animations: Cihan Poçan
The competition, which was opened in January 2011, received 132 project submissions. Some major architectural firms from Turkey were to be found among them. The jury, composed of prominent names such as Cengiz Bektas, Han Tumertekin, Murat Tabanlioglu, Ayten Savas and Ali Ihsan Unay, convened between 27-29 May 2011 in Ankara. The results were announced on 31 May.
The approach of the winning project by Omer Selcuk Baz sets the
design concept upon communicating the visitors a world beyond their
perception, with roots and stories in history. The design concept
gradually disconnects the visitors in part or completely at certain
thresholds from the physical context to reconnect them again. The cubic
form of the building is reminiscent of an excavated artefact.
The design concept must engage in a situation beyond the physical context of the environment. It must look back at a civilisation that lived a while in history, and it must generate a feeling beyond the physical structure. At this point, the preferred approach to design is to segregate the visitors gradually at certain thresholds and to integrate them again. To disconnect the visitors partly or totally from the physical context and then reconnect them.
The design gathers all supportive functions underground on one floor.
This floor is not recognised from the ground level and is concealed
under a landscape. The exhibition structure is perceived as a robust
object on a 32 x 32 metre square plan rising through a split from
underground. The visitors descend into the structure along a 12 metre
wide ramp. While descending, they come near to the structure in the
horizon. Landscape and earth disappear gradually, leaving solely the sky
and the structure behind.
Once underground, the visitors find themselves on a circulation band. A rust red earth-coloured exhibition structure rises through the transparent roof. The rusty metal (Corten) coated structure is timeworn and, just like the broken ceramics unearthed from the excavation site nearby, it recalls a lived history. The history of the material and the architectural design evokes a connection between past and present.
Ascending through the ramps towards the top, one gets a view of the
landscape, the fields and the ruins of Troy through the slits on the
facades. The rooftop enjoys a generous terrace with a splendid view
where one imagines Troy's distant and near history, the memories of the
land and its future ahead.
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