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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Modern Art Museum Made Of Giant Popsicle Sticks

Okay, it's not really made out of Popsicle sticks... can you imagine trying to get the red-stain off?

Still... if you look at the photo above, one would be hard-pressed to say that Japanese architect Kuma Kengo (surname first) aka Kengo Kuma & Associates wasn’t at least inspired from watching Cub Scouts and elementary school kids making model buildings out of Popsicle (craft) sticks when he designed the Odunpazari Modern Art Museum for Turkey.

Not yet a reality—this is just a design concept—the architecture of the museum would indeed be based on interlocking stacked wooden boxes.

The museum—whatever its final design will be—is to be built in Eskisehir in Turkey, in the new suburban part called Odunpazari.

Apparently the Turkish word Odunpazari means “wood” in English according to the architectural firm, but Google Translate just spits the word back as is. I saw another website describe Odunpazari as “wood market”… so take it all with a wood grain of salt.

Where will people park, when they visit the museum that is literally right on top of the local houses?
I did glance at the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) website on Odunpazari, because there is one… so I can only assume that the new area where the museum is to be built is only “near” the more original historical site of Odunpazari. 

The original Odunpazari historical site has its origins all the way back to 1097AD (1,000+ years ago). It has, according to UNESCO: historical indications from the periods of Seljuk, Ottoman and Turkish Republic; such as Alaaddin Mosque (1271), Kursunlu Mosque Complex (1525), Haci Hasan Mosque (13th century) etc. Being one of the few religious centers of Anatolia, the Kursunlu Mosque Complex located at the centre of the site and built by Palace Architect Acem Ali has a basic characteristic of Ottoman architecture. The complex today includes Eskisehir Handicraft Center where almost extinct traditional handicrafts -such as hand writing, gilding, marbling, miniature and reed flute- are performed through master-apprentice system. The complex also includes the world’s only Meerschaum Museum where the most beautiful examples of Turkish and foreign meerschaum artists are exhibited.

During the Ottoman—1299AD - 1922/23AD - the people lived in wooden houses featuring a cantilevering design that is utilized within the Kuma-designed concept for the Odunpazari Modern Art Museum.

As you can see from the image above, the building’s design uses stacked wooden box-like constructs of differing sizes, the interior of each can house different exhibits and exhibit sizes, to avoid the staid designs of the Victorian era museums—not that there’s anything wrong with that.

If a museum’s design is the focal point of a museum, it has clearly missed the mark in providing entertainment and information for visitors. The architecture should provide the best-possible means for the audience to view the contents.

This Odunpazari Modern Art Museum design by Kengo Kuma and Associates certainly knows its proposed audience.
I don't know if that 'car-in-the-floor' will be an actual exhibit at the museum, but that is cool. So too is the exhibit of the little girl kneeling. Gotta love modern art!
Natural light flows into the building via the skylight, while the gaps between the wooden slats (not stated, but I assume either a glass or plexiglass-plate covering here) also allows light in.

Proposed floorspace of the design is 3,582 square meters (38,556 square feet).

Again, if this frozen-in-place cascading waterfall of paper is an exhibit, that is awesome! Seems to me, however, that if you are the artist creating this, you are limited in where you can exhibit it, as well as prospective buyers... needing a rich multi-millionaire who has at least 10-stories of floorspace to really give your artwork the space it deserves... but, regardless... I really like the Popsicle stick construction method.
As I have stated repeatedly here, this is just a design concept from one architectural design firm (a Japanese one) bidding on the future Odunpazari Modern Art Museum in Turkey.

Andrew Joseph

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