Yalın Mimarlık won first place in an international design competition for an archaeological museum on the site of ancient Troy. Renowned for the famous Trojan horse story in Homer’s Iliad, this historic site in the northwestern corner of Turkey reveals a lot about the country’s artistic and cultural development leading up to World War I; the new museum will help make that legacy known to a greater number of visitors.
Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism chose the team led by Ömer Selçuk Baz out of 132 project submissions for their design of a corten-clad cubic structure that resembles an archaeological excavation site.
The museum’s weathered exterior conceptually matches the antiquities that will be held inside.
Tendered in beautiful images by Cihan Poçan, the winning concept design includes 2,000 square meters of storage space, conservation and restoration labs, both permanent and temporary exhibition space, and a series of food and retail establishments.
We spotted Yalın Mimarlık‘s design for the project slated for construction at the UNESCO World Heritage site in the province of Çanakkale over at Dezeen, where it’s also possible to watch a short video presentation.
Overall it was important to the design team to create a sort of dissonance in observers that would allow them a more acute perspective of the site’s historical importance.
A 12 meter wide ramp leads underground and then winds up through the rusted steel exhibition to a rooftop terrance flanked by remarkable views of the 5,000 year old site. Small cutouts in the weathered facade permit panoramic views of the mythical battlefield.
It’s a spectacular design and we can’t wait to see its implementation.