Istanbul-based Teget Architecture firm, founded by Mehmet Kutukcuoglu and Ertug Ucar, has been commissioned to design a new exhibition in the Ottoman-era imperial kitchens of Topkapi Palace. The 15th-century heritage structure was updated under the rule of Sultan Suleyman by architect Mimar Sinan, during which the internal courtyard, baths, dormitories and a mosque were preserved. It is now one of the most visited museums in Turkey.
Now, the same landmark building will host a new exhibition centred on the culinary culture of Ottomans in the royal kitchens of Topkapi Palace. Drawing upon this historical fact, the main premise of the exhibition is to preserve the space as the building also plays a central role in this exhibition. Designed like a grid which unifies the various exhibition elements in different proportions, the layout of the exhibition is a new dimension within the preserved building, and doesn’t intervening with the visual continuum of the original site. One of the elements is the platform upon which the exhibits are showcased.
Photos by Cemal Emden