OMM - Odunpazarı Modern Museum is designed by the internationally acclaimed Japanese architecture firm Kengo Kuma and Associates. Having created a number of phenomenal and groundbreaking projects across the globe, the famed architecture office is recognized for its minimal use of concrete and preference for natural materials such as timber, stone, and paper. Countless distinguished social complexes, museums, business centers, residential projects, and educational institutions, including the stadium he designed for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, bear the signature of KKAA.
Kengo Kuma and Associates describes its philosophy as “Amalgamating nature and architecture in a manner that creates a strong bond between the ‘building’ and its ‘location’.” In his design of the OMM building, the architect thus reinterprets the historic fabric of the Odunpazarı district with a contemporary perspective. Paying homage to the local architecture of Odunpazarı, Ottoman dome architecture, and traditional Japanese architecture, OMM’s design is highlighted by four major components: geometry, light, stacking, and timber. Breaking away from conventional design through the transformation of simple geometric lines into complex images, the high-quality light entering the building, and the non-linear forms, the architectural stacking and the timber construction system alluding to the historic fabric of Odunpazarı constitute the sources of inspiration for the architecture of the museum building.
OMM brings livelihood to the city as much during the night as it does in the evening and is recognized as the landmark of Eskişehir with its impressive architecture. Coupled with the other city museums in the region, the OMM building creates a museum square that serves as a meeting point for locals and visitors alike since its' opening on September 7, 2019.