kengo kuma's odunpazari modern museum in turkey to open in june

kengo kuma's odunpazari modern museum in turkey to open in june

located in the university town of eskişehir, northwest turkey, the odunpazari modern museum (OMM) by kengo kuma and associates is set to open in june 2019. founded by art collector and businessman erol tabanca, the 4,500 square meter museum will house an internationally significant collection of modern and contemporary art spanning the 1950s to the present day.

kengo kuma's odunpazari modern museum in turkey to open in june all images © kengo kuma and associates



kengo kuma‘s stacked timber design pays homage to local architecture, particularly odunpazari’s traditional ottoman wooden cantilevered houses, as well as the town’s history as a thriving wood market. built to formulate a museum square together with other cultural institutions in the surrounding area, OMM‘s distinct architecture marks it a new cultural landmark for the town.


​’at the heart of this project was a desire to create a link between people and art,’ kengo kuma, founder, and yuki ikeguchi, partner leading the project, of kengo kuma and associates note. ‘we wanted the building to carry the history and memory of the town, to resonate both on a human scale and with the unique streetscape of odunpazari, which passing through is a special experience in itself. we very much look forward to seeing the public enjoy and interact with the building.’

kengo kuma-designed odunpazari modern museum in turkey to open in june



the museum is split over three floors, starting with larger exhibition spaces at the ground level that echo the rhythm and scale of the surrounding townscape, and continuing with smaller rooms on the upper level designed for smaller-scale artworks. a skylit atrium at the center visually connects the different floors internally while allowing plenty of natural light to enter the building. OMM’s inaugural exhibition will showcase artists from turkey and a new commission by acclaimed japanese artist tanabe chikuunsai IV, along with the exhibitions of the permanent galleries, and a a dynamic public program, offering seminars, artist talks and workshops.


‘we are delighted to announce that the museum will open in june and look forward to opening our doors’​, erol tabanca, founder of OMM says. ‘​it is my privilege to give this museum and open up the collection to visitors all over the world to enjoy. OMM will stand as a new landmark that reconnects the town with its history, and as a progressive cultural development for eskişehir and the central anatolian region at large.​’

kengo kuma-designed odunpazari modern museum in turkey to open in june





project info:


name: odunpazari modern museum (OMM)

architect: kengo kuma and associates

location: eskişehir, northwest turkey

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news

    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    493,007 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample