Yenikapi archaeological Museum and Archeo park

Architect of Record: Aytaç Arhcitects

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Year: 2012


The Yenikapi project originates from an exceptional archaeological finding. In 2004, during the construction of an undersea tunnel planned to connect the Asian and the European sides of Istanbul, an outstanding archaeological site emerged from the mud. The archaeological artifacts discovered include remains that date back to the Neolithic age, a Byzantine harbor, Ottoman structures, and 35 shipwrecks. An international architecture competition was organized in 2012 so to identify a proper design for the entire site. Eventually, the proposal by Peter Eisenman and Aytac architects was selected as the winner. The project is rather complex, it deals with the site at different scales, the urban scale, the site scale, and the architectural scale, and includes an archeo-park, a public transport transfer point and a large archaeological museum.

An interesting aspect of the design is the capability to deal with very different scales, from the archaeological artifacts housed inside the museum galleries up to the urban scale and even further on.
We asked Peter Eisenman his idea of what a visitor should perceive such different horizons from the inside of the museum, and how he imagined this system of perceptions.


Peter Eisenman: “That’s a very interesting question. I would like the visitors to see the world outside from inside the museum as they were outside and when outside to see the inside like being inside; so thinking somehow in reverse.” … “I tried to apply the same approach to this exhibition as well”


View of the gallery of the wrecks, Building B of the museum, facing North towards the Archaeopark. Image by Parsa Khalili. Courtesy Eisenman Architects and Aytac Archite