The Mecidiyeköy Liquor and Cognac Factory was built in the early 1930’s with the design of renowned French architect Robert Mallet-Stevens in an empty estate surrounded by mulberry trees. Displaying the periods modernist tendencies, the building that has become rooted in the city’s memory for many years with its horizontal, strong and dramatic mass had completely lost its essential qualities due to the restorative activity it was exposed to during various periods; additions that were carried out insensibly and interventions far from refinement. The exhibition titled “Mecidiyeköy Liquor Factory as the Early Republics Daring Move and more: Grumbling in the context of City Memory. EAA- Emre Arolat Architecture” taking place within the scope of PİLEVNELİ Project and held at PİLEVNELİ Mecidiyeköy centers on the course of the Liquor Factory from the early 1930’s until today.
The exhibition puts forward the evolution of the building beginning from its earliest projects and displays the work carried out by various teams within this time period with original documents while attempting to answer current questions. Within the scope of the exhibition that gathers the people of Istanbul with the building itself, along with an examination of the factory structure, examples of various re-use projects carried out by EAA in different geographies are also exhibited.