Mecidiyeköy Liquor Factory as The Early Republics Daring Move and More: “Grumblings The Context of City Memory”
VIKVIKLANMALAR / GRUMBLINGS
Mecidiyeköy Liqueur and
Cognac Factory, Istanbul,
Curated by EAA – Emre Arolat Architecture, Vıkvıklanmalar / Grumblings exhibition was displayed at EAA’s recently completed reuse project The Mediciyeköy Liquor and Factory between 12th of February to 24th of March 2019.
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 transforming activities it was exposed to during various periods; additions that were carried out insensibly and interventions far from refinement.
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.