SALT Beyoğlu

Image © Iwan Baan (2012) Fotoğraf © Iwan Baan (2012)
Image © Iwan Baan (2012)
SALT Beyoğlu is a six-story building on İstiklal Caddesi. Constructed in the second half of the 19th century under the name Siniossoglou Apartment, it functioned as a retail space on street level and residences on its upper floors. Starting from the 1950s, Siniossoglou lost its residential function due to decline in the population in Beyoğlu district yet began to host commercial, political and artistic activities while still in use for retail purposes. A stone structure with steel beams and vaulted ceilings, the refunctioning project of the building was undertaken by Mimarlar Tasarım, the office of Aga Khan Award for Architecture winner Han Tümertekin.

Acting as an interface between the pedestrian İstiklal Caddesi and the institution is the Forum, where selected artworks and small-scale exhibitions are periodically on display along with regularly updated public program announcements. An extension of this entry space, Walk-in Cinema is a platform for screenings, talks, workshops, and performances. Extensive projects on visual and material culture are presented on the second and third floors across 750 square meters of exhibition space. SALT Beyoğlu’s Kitchen on the mezzanine floor and Winter Garden on the fourth floor host food and environment related collaborative programs, and offer study spaces during the exhibition hours. Located on the first floor, the Robinson Crusoe 389 bookstore is accessible during the building’s visiting hours.

Walk-in Cinema was designed by Hakan Demirel of Suyabatmaz Demirel Architects, whereas the Kitchen was developed by SUPERPOOL. The Edible Estates Regional Prototype Garden #11 on the fourth floor, created by artist and architect Fritz Haeg when SALT Beyoğlu opened in April 2011, was transformed into a Winter Garden as part of a series of spatial renovations completed in April 2018. Surrounded by potted plants and made up of 80 square meters of compacted soil, this space was proposed and designed by architect Aslıhan Demirtaş of KHORA. Way-finding in the building was devised by Wkshps in New York.

SALT Beyoğlu
founded by Garanti BBVA
İstiklal Caddesi 136
Beyoğlu 34430 İstanbul Türkiye
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T +90 212 377 42 00

Tue-Sat 11.00-19.00
Sun 11.00-18.00
Closed on the first and second days of Eid and Greater Eid;
New Year’s Day and Labor Day.