Abdullah Gül Presidential Museum And Library

PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Restoration & Renovation
Firm Location, Turkey
CompanyEAA-Emre Arolat Architecture
Lead ArchitectEmre Arolat

Sumerbank Textile Factory, built between 1933-
1935 by a Russian architect Ivan Nikolaev, has
been one of the most significant symbols of
industrialization and modernization in the
Republican period of Turkey. Since shutting
down in 1999, the industrial complex
(containing unique examples of Russian
Constructivism) has been left abandoned inside
the city.

In 2012, some of the buildings in the complex
were refurbished to be used as different units
of the Abdullah Gül University Campus and
later on the Presidential Museum and Library
was commissioned to regenerate the industrial
heritage with unique examples of power and
steam stations.

In this project, the attained patina and
traces of time have been attempted to be
preserved and the interiors of the spaces were
reorganized according to the new museum
program – designed to let the visitors
experience the presidential exhibition as well
as the temporary exhibitions. Simultaneously,
the center aims to provide activity spaces for
educational facilities accommodated by F&B
areas where the characteristic ash and coal
chimneys used in the electric production are
restored and made part of the exhibition
experience. Similar to the ash chambers in the
museum, concrete silo stillages have been
preserved as an important element of memory.