Following the UK’s V&A Dundee, high-profile Japanese architect Kengo Kuma’s firm has now completed another museum that’s no less unique. First revealed back in 2017, the timber-clad Odunpazari Modern Museum (OMM) now serves as a striking new home for Turkish art.
OMM consists of a series of interlocking timber-clad boxes that offer a total floorspace of 4,500 sq m (roughly 48,500 sq ft), spread over three floors. Its distinctive design draws inspiration from nearby Ottoman-era wooden buildings in Odunpazari, Eskisehir, Turkey, as well the area’s past as a busy timber market.
Visitors travel through a glazed entrance into large exhibition spaces on the ground floor, while the upper levels are more compact and host smaller artworks. Some of the rooftop terrace areas are accessible and at the building’s center is a skylit atrium that allows natural light to permeate within. There’s also a boutique hotel and restaurant on the site.