From Brukner Apartment to Museum of Innocence An Unusual Adaptive Reuse Within the Intersection of Fact and Fiction

Yılmaz İ. , Özkan Yazgan E.

Environment and Design 2014, İstanbul, Türkiye, 11 - 12 Aralık 2014, ss.311-322

  • Basıldığı Şehir: İstanbul
  • Basıldığı Ülke: Türkiye
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.311-322


In this study, the Museum of Innocence, a personal museum fictionalized in parallel to Orhan Pamuk’s novel of the same name, is examined in context of adaptive re-use on the basis of its adaptive reuse fiction directing the transformation of the Brukner Apartment. By reason of the fact that it is built both in architectural and literal fields collaterally, the Museum of Innocence has an unusual transformation story created within the intersection of fact and fiction. On that sense, as promoting an alternative way to reuse a historical house, it sets a unique example to discuss the transformation and evolution of residential environment and its sustainability within the urban context.

Through the study, the transformation process of the Brukner Apartment and the dynamics of this transformation are discussed. Focusing on the method of the transformation and the content of the new usage, creation of the adaptive reuse fiction in collaboration of architecture and literature through an interdisciplinary dialog and configuration of the content of the fiction to be based on everyday life practices are highlighted. Analyzing the new spatial situation of the Museum of Innocence, success of the adaptive re-use fiction to ensure the sustainability of urban, cultural and social structure is exposed.