Year of completion: Completed May 2023
Lead Designer: Renzo Piano Building Workshop with Arup
Scope: Water feature design (Schematic & Construction documents)
The Istanbul Modern Museum in the historic Beyoğlu district of Istanbul is located on the waterfront of the western bank of the Bosphorus Strait, facing the Sultanahmet quarter.The museum project designed by RPBW is part of an overall regenerative masterplan of 1.5km along the quay. The second floor houses permanent and temporary exhibition galleries, where also a staircase leads to a glass lantern opening onto a rooftop viewing terrace that hovers above a shallow plane of water spread across the entire roof. A metaphysical connection is created by the reflections of the city on both the water feature and the sea, which merge into one.