tabanlioglu architects renovates istanbul’s historic library with its rare book collection
 
tabanlioglu architects renovates istanbul’s historic library with its rare book collection tabanlioglu architects renovates istanbul’s historic library with its rare book collection
jul 25, 2016

tabanlioglu architects renovates istanbul’s historic library with its rare book collection

tabanlioglu architects renovates istanbul’s historic library with its rare book collection

 

 

 

tabanlıoğlu architects have completed the restoration of the ‘beyazit public library’, with its rare book collection in istanbul, turkey. the historic piece of architecture dates back to 1501 and was formally a soup kitchen and a traveler’s inn that included a kitchen, a primary school, a hospital, a madrasah and a hammam. “

tabanlioglu architects library designboom
contemporary turkish publications are based on the second floor and periodicals on the first
all images © emre dorter

 

 

 

located adjacent to the beyazıt mosque, the library is sited in the public square and connected to the spine of the historical peninsula, divanyolu; one of the most vibrant spaces in the old part of the city. tabanlıoğlu architects’ response saw the interior of the building being sensitively re-organized and the structural fabric carefully restored, including the prominent multi-domed roof. the quarter, where the state library sits, is infused with historical connections of a literary nature; the old-book bazaar (bouquiniste) that is set in a courtyard leads tobeyazıt gate, one of the main entrances of the grand bazaar. the front façade of the library backs the monumental plane tree under which is the traditional open air coffee shop serving since the ottoman times.

tabanlioglu architects library designboom
the black glass boxes devoted to the manuscripts, stand as a monolithic objects

 

 

 

in place of the former concrete roof, the architects installed a light and transparent inflatable membrane structure which covers the courtyard, filtering daylight and providing a controlled atmosphere. in the renovated shell of the building, the black glass boxes devoted to the manuscripts, stand as a monolithic objects that play stark contrast to their surroundings.

tabanlioglu-architects-beyazit-public-library-istanbul-designboom-02
air conditioned transparent volumes houses the rare book collection

 

 

 

the ‘minimal intervention’ approach ensures the spirit of the place survives while present-day facilities are subtly integrated. a modest extension – respectful of the scale of the existing building – has been constructed to the northeast façade to the existing library. contemporary turkish publications are based on the second floor and periodicals on the first, while the ground level houses the rare book collection. publications in the ottoman era and other ottoman, arabic and persian manuscripts that are now kept in air conditioned transparent cabins designed to fit in the intense atmosphere while preserving the legacy.

tabanlioglu-architects-beyazit-public-library-istanbul-designboom-02
the ‘minimal intervention’ approach ensures the spirit of the place survives while present-day facilities are integrated

tabanlioglu-architects-beyazit-public-library-istanbul-designboom-02
first founded in 1884, the state library building was originally the soup kitchen and caravanserai of a complex

tabanlioglu-architects-beyazit-public-library-istanbul-designboom-02
old and new sit in harmony next to each other

tabanlioglu-architects-beyazit-public-library-istanbul-designboom-10
the flow through the building was modified to best serve its modern function with the main entrance now through
the courtyard

tabanlioglu-architects-beyazit-public-library-istanbul-designboom-02
tabanlioglu architects installed a light and transparent inflatable membrane structure which covers the courtyard

 

Save

Save

Save

Save

 

drawings

g1
floorplan

g2
section one

g3
section two

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

    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.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    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
    492,670 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample