TRANSFORMING THE BUILDING, TRANSFORMING THE QUARTER
The first modern museum of the country, İstanbul Modern, transformed from an abandoned warehouse, is considered as an extension of the public area. Interaction between the visitors, surroundings, exhibited work and the building is aimed to be highest. Minimum interference has been the architectural approach; the existing structural essence is preserved, simplicity is preferred to emphasize the exhibited artwork to stand out. The walls of the exhibition halls are white and the rest of the building is colored gray. The main exhibition area is at the first floor with white exhibition walls, ending at 60 degrees and adjacent columns ensure alternative tracks to the viewer in order that exhibition comfort is provided. Transparent glass partitions provide continuity between spaces. Interior spaces exposed to the background view of the open air museum city of İstanbul through wide glass openings, which transfer various moods of outside atmosphere. In the context of building up, preserving and generating culture, modern art museums are vital all over the world. As a dynamic stage of contemporary Turkey, İstanbul Modern aims to foster and present diverse social, cultural and artistic productions with the integral participation of public.