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Museum of Troy Architectural Competition - Truva, Çanakkale

Design:    Berkay Ünlükoç, with Uğur Baran Gökgöz

Multiple layers of different periods that Troy has and the idea of "form with a surprise inside" that the Trojan Horse, the universal icon of the site, comprise have been the major themes while designing the museum. A linear and chronologic exhibiting is planned and the multiple layers of the ancient Troy is emphasized by rising platforms, thus providing an easy to understand structure where visitors can better understand the existing situation of Troy and all the historical story it hides. The exhibition areas start at level 0.50 and rising up ends with the real scenery of the Troy. The building is divided into three major zones which are visitor spaces, public spaces and staff-only spaces. Public spaces include where people use the library without buying a ticket.

Vehicle access to the museum is from the north. Private cars and tour busses drop the visitors at the dedicated place at the north. From this point vehicle and pedestrian route are separated. The circulation scheme starts and ends at this point also. It is thought that the ancient grid structure seen in the magneto graphic maps will be excavated and this grid pattern will be elongate through the museum entrance. The museum entrance is right opposite to the main circulation path planned within this grid structure.

Troy was near to the sea in ancient times. This feature is emphasized with the water structure, with a Troy model in it, at the first level. A continuous ramp connects the platforms. At the level 2.50 sits a dedicated hall for Homeros. At the level +6.00 ends the permanent exhibition spaces where with lifts and a staircase leads you to the temporary exhibition space and the observation deck. Climbing slowly through the rising exhibition spaces the visitor finally meets the real scenery of the city Troy and has a chance to correlate with the context. From this level visitors go down to the -4.00 level where shops, restaurants and meeting spaces are placed. This wing has a chance to stay open when the museum is closed. From the end of this wing visitors are lead to the outside where the bazaar and open air exhibition spaces are situated.

The exhibition spaces consist of concrete slabs carried by two curtain walls. The curtain walls are for two dimensional and the slabs are for three dimensional objects. The volute form that twists onto each other offers different perspectives to the visitor. The shell that covers these spaces is free from the overall structure and covered with wood from outside which refers to the "Trojan Horse".

2011 - Troy Museum competiton entry