A Gallery That Is Always Exhibiting!

March 18, 2012

With this week being another hive of activity in the arty district of Dubai, Al Serkal Avenue, we are buzzing with excitement at some of the art that will be on show tomorrow. Whilst visiting Tara, Louise and the team from the Mojo Gallery today for a sneak peek at their latest exhibition we got chatting about art gallery design, you can click here to see inside the Mojo Gallery / Office.

When discussing it we mentioned how no matter what the concept, a café, a retail outlet, an office or a restaurant, whatever the space, if it was mixed and fused with exhibition space it instantly becomes a much more creative and intriguing space. Which leads us to today’s feature project, Haaz Design and Art Gallery in Istanbul. This space designed by Global Architecture Development is an area that is both a retail store and a gallery at the same time, alongside being an awesome piece of interior design.

Here is a project description from the designers:

Haaz Design and Art Gallery is a space that combines furniture, design objects and art. The owners Özlem Avcıoğlu and Murat Patavi picked a new location for their new concept . This location is in Tesvikiye district – that is the most popular shopping district of Istanbul. Being the ground and first floors of an attached apartment, the space needed a renovation. The area was 200m2 with two stories.

The main architectural approach was to produce seperate articulations of one space and give a familiar and cosy feeling at the same time. Materials like wood and stone are used.

The idea was to keep the space as flexible as possible; to let event planning or displaying products anytime. A mixture of black steel and led tubes on the facade attracts attention from the street. The ground floor is reached through 5 stairs that are also display for the products. The floor continues with solid oak wood herringbone that is a traditional housing floor material in Turkey. Haaz graphics are used not just on the company cards or packing papers but also on the walls by using them as wallpapers, sliding panels and steel concealing panels.

The cantilevered steel stairs prevent blocking the view from the street and forward people to the first floor. Upstairs, the old cladding on one of the walls is removed. Beneath the last layer – that was wallpaper- some newspapers belonging 70s are found. (This was a technique to hold the wallpaper). That last layer was also removed, and at last, the residues of layers form a new kind of wall.

Cable conduits take place beneath the walls, providing flexibility of presentation of lighting products. Mexicana river gravels are used inside the cable conduits. Some of the unfinished carved shelves are great elements to display the antique pieces.

For us, what really grabs our attention is the eclectic nature of this space, some areas have a stripped back industrial approach whilst others have a more art deco type approach and other sections of the store such as the façade, the cantilevered stairs and the lighting are altogether more in line with a contemporary interior architectural direction. There is so much to love about this project, check out the images below and see what it is the grabs your attention the most.

Images Credited to  Global Architecture Development