Tabanlıoğlu Architects, Beyazıt State Library, green restoration, Istanbul, public library, inner courtyard, ETFE membrane, green architecture

As one of the oldest of its kind in Istanbul, the Beyazıt State Library sits on a vibrant city square close to to Beyazıt Mosque built by Sultan Beyazıt II and completed in 1506. The building was originally used as a soup kitchen and caravanserai-a roadside inn-of a larger complex that included a primary school, a hospital, a madrasa or religious school and a hammam (or public bath). The library was founded in 1884 and occupied a part of the the Kulliyah of the Beyazıt Mosque- the oldest surviving imperial mosque in the city- built by Sultan Beyazıt II and completed in 1506.

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Tabanlıoğlu Architects, Beyazıt State Library, green restoration, Istanbul, public library, inner courtyard, ETFE membrane, green architecture

The restoration involved a reorganization of the interior and restoration of the building envelope. The architects also added a small extension, installed a transparent, inflatable membrane that covers the courtyard. Valuable manuscripts were placed in black glass boxes that contrast the rest of the interior. The second floor houses a collection of Turkish publications: periodicals are on the first floor, while rare books and publications from the Ottoman era are exhibited on the ground floor.

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