The British architecture firm Grimshaw Architects is doing to convert one of the many historical shipyards along Istanbul’s Golden Horn into the Sadberk Hanım Museum’s new building for the Vehbi Koç Foundatıon. Founded in 1980 as Turkey’s first private museum, the Sadberk Hanım Museum, which houses Turkish-Islamic and archaeological works, is moving from its current location along the Bosphorus to a shipyard on the Golden Horn. Opening in 2023, the Museum’s new location is expected to strengthen its new setting, which already is one of Istanbul’s swankiest cultural hubs. Next to the new location, the Museum is also planning open up a second building for various public events.
The new Museum is part of a Golden Horn Shipyard transformation project that aims to rejuvenate the old industrial district along the Golden Horn by making a centre of culture out of it. In addition to exhibitions and a conservation archive, the new museum shall also house two platforms, one for for academic research and one for education, as well as a multi-purpose auditorium.