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Culture has been placed at the very center of life at Tersane Istanbul, with a centuries-old Ottoman imperial garden, a Museum Plaza hosting two world-class contemporary museums, as well as an event hall that will leave its mark on the city’s cultural agenda by hosting top music and art performances, shows, and festivals.

A museum plaza and an Ottoman garden

Unlike other large developments where culture is an afterthought, at Tersane Istanbul, culture has been placed at the very center of life, both physically and spiritually. One of the main pedestrian zones of Tersane Istanbul, Museum Plaza is located at a very active intersection, showcasing large sculptural artworks to greet visitors upon arrival. You could have access to the centuries-old Ottoman gardens and the rare collections of Aynalıkavak Pavilion on the one hand, and to unrivaled vistas of the converted historic slipways of the Taskizak Shipyard on the other. Connected to the Museum Plaza through the monumental Sultan’s Gate, the classical Ottoman garden of the former palace is a setting where the memories of pleasant living by the water still linger.

A truly contemporary museum

The old Hammerhouse will find a second life as a captivating museum at the center of Museum Plaza, as the Vehbi Koc Foundation’s internationally acclaimed Sadberk Hanım Museum will be relocated here, leaving its current premises along the Bosphorus. The museum’s rich private collection of 20,000 pieces brings together archaeological relics dating from the 6th millennium BC, Islamic artifacts, awe-inspiring İznik tiles, as well as exquisite women’s textiles, garments, and embroidery from the Ottoman era. Designed by the world-renowned British architectural office of Grimshaw as a new cultural magnet for Istanbul residents, the new museum complex will merge properly climatized 21st-century exhibition galleries with the brick facade of a 19th-century factory building that envelops them. The architectural wisdom applied here will allow the visitors to appreciate the historical facade from the inside out while also enabling them to follow the story of the building throughout the centuries.

Created by Women for Women

Right next door to Sadberk Hanım Museum’s hybrid historical facade, the Museum of Women’s Culture will rise with its futuristic glass-and-aluminum building, celebrating the metaphor of women’s role in strengthening the fabric of society. Designed by Singapore-based DP Architects, the building’s architecture mimics colorful Turkish patterns and inter-woven geometric figures. More than a museum and a contemporary cultural institution, the Museum of Women’s Culture will also serve as a community center and a place of dialogue putting forward women’s contributions to society.

“A new neighborhood that we all will love is about to be born. That is why it is so exciting!” MURAT TABANLIOĞLU - Partner at TABANLIOĞLU ARCHITECTS

Best Istanbul events

Thanks to its vast array of spaces designed for different uses, Tersane Istanbul is destined to be the city’s new iconic venue for prominent music, art, and fashion events. The old brick-and-stone Torpedo Factory at the shipyard will serve as an Event Hall, hosting various exclusive gatherings in a lofty atmosphere under its vaulted wooden ceilings carried by exposed industrial steel structures. With concerts, theater performances, fashion shows, launch events for leading global brands, international auctions, and festivals, this venue will leave its mark on the cultural agenda of the city and reconnect new generations with this historic site. The Event Hall will also be connected to a lively 2,000-square-meter Food Hall by a Secret Garden, where both residents and visitors alike could sample the diverse gastronomical delights of Istanbul while waiting for the next big thing!

On the waterfront

The unique slipways, promenade warehouses, and industrial cranes make the waterfront area an engaging open space for all, with unique points of interest. Along the entire promenade, visitors will be able to enjoy landscape features like observation decks, sculptural light installations, urban furniture, and social hammocks, as well as zones for live shows, skateboarding, and water sports.
An extraordinary Family Entertainment space is under construction around the historically protected Sukru Okan Slipway, while the Taskizak Slipway will be converted into an Open Air Theater with a stage on the sea —guaranteed to become an instant landmark along Halic.

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