Istanbul, Turkey – The latest addition to the Turkish capital’s furniture scene is an architectural masterpiece that has been a long-term fixture in the city’s skyline for years.
Architect Kavita Arhus, known for her work in the Turkish architecture scene, was hired in 2015 to design the Arhus Museum, which will house a collection of rare Ottoman furniture.
The museum, which is scheduled to open next year, will be home to a collection that includes Ottoman furniture from the 19th century.
It’s a significant collection, said Arhus.
“It’s the second museum that has a Turkish component, the first one was in the 1960s,” she told Al Jazeera.
“It’s really important that we keep this collection alive.”
The museum will be an opportunity to educate people about the history of Ottoman furniture.
“The museum’s design team is composed of local designers, including the architects of the Turkish National Museum in Ankara, who helped Arhus to develop the project.
A major goal of the museum, Arhus said, is to give the public a better understanding of the Ottoman architecture of the time.”
That’s what makes us really special.””
There are only three things they know about the Ottoman past: the Ottoman Empire, the Ottoman Turks, and the Turkish republic.”
That’s what makes us really special.
“Arhus explained the importance of the collection.”
We want to tell people about Ottoman architecture, about the Turks, but we also want to teach people about what it means to be Turkish and to be part of this Turkish nation.
“The Arhus museum, a project of the Kavitas Art Museum and the Arts Council of Istanbul, will house rare Ottoman artifacts.
Arhus’ work has also been featured in exhibitions and galleries around the world, and she said the museum is still growing.”
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The more people come and visit, the more people will know about this collection.”
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