Triple-height entrance gallery enables building to face street and park

Grimshaw has completed a large contemporary art museum in Istanbul.

The Arter museum opened the doors to its new purpose-designed home for its collection of art and associated activities at the weekend.

Grimshaw, which was appointed after a competition, led a multi-disciplinary team that included local practice Turgut Alton Architects.

A triple-height entrance gallery creates a visual as well as physical route through the centre of the museum, connecting Dolapdere Street with the park at the rear. This internal street is the building’s main organising element and allows it to face both ways.

There are a number of interlinked spaces which can be flexibly configured as well as two performance halls, one with telescopic seating for 168 and a black box theatre with a capacity of 332.