Salt Galata

Salt Galata Giris Fotoğraf: Mustafa Hazneci, 2016
Photo: Mustafa Hazneci, 2016
Salt Galata on Bankalar Caddesi was designed by French Levantine architect Alexandre Vallauri to house the headquarters of the Imperial Ottoman Bank (1892-1999). A monumental building with a contrast of architectural styles of its two façades—neoclassical on one side and orientalist on the other—it is a landmark unique to Istanbul.

Having undergone a series of structural interventions since its opening, the building’s refunctioning project was undertaken by Mimarlar Tasarım, the office of Aga Khan Award for Architecture winner Han Tümertekin. Their approach was to clear the building of its later surface additions to reveal its original character, while providing a new configuration to accommodate the institution’s multi-layered programs.

A specialized library, Salt Research is the hub of the building, which fills the 650 square meters central atrium. Digital presentations of the Ottoman Bank Museum Collection spreading across the building begin from floor -1, where the main exhibition space is positioned next to the Salt Research Ferit F. Şahenk Hall for registered users. Salt Galata also features an Auditorium with a 218 seat capacity, Workshops, spaces for public programs and special events, offices, and study areas available for all users. The Neolokal restaurant and the Shop run by the Robinson Crusoe 389 bookstore are located on the ground floor.

Salt Research and Salt Research Ferit F. Şahenk Hall by ŞANALarc
Auditorium by Zoom/TPU
Workshops by Arif Özden and Tanju Özelgin
Offices by SUPERPOOL
Information desk, Auditorium lobby and restrooms by Autoban
The Shop by Ömer Ünal
The Neolokal restaurant and the Cafe on the ground floor by Aslıhan Demirtaş (KHORA)
Way-finding in the building by Koray Özgen

Further information about the spaces at Salt Galata is available here.

Salt Galata
founded by Garanti BBVA
Bankalar Caddesi 11
Karaköy 34421 İstanbul Türkiye
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T +90 212 334 22 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.