SALT

Address
İstiklal Caddesi 136
Beyoğlu 34430 İstanbul

Description
From their website:

“SALT Beyoğlu, a six story building situated on İstiklal Caddesi, was constructed between 1850 and 1860. Originally functioning as retail space on street level and domestic residences on its upper floors, the building opened under the name Siniossoglou Apartment. When, in the 1950s, the Beyoğlu district’s population went into decline, the building ceased to function residentially, its spaces instead used for retail, political and artistic activities.

Siniossoglou Apartment is a stone structure with steel beams and vaulted ceilings. Redesign of the building for contemporary use has been completed by Mimarlar Tasarım, the office of Aga Khan Award for Architecture winner Han Tümertekin. Mimarlar Tasarım’s work combines conservation of the original architectural elements of Siniossoglou Apartment, reinforcement of its structure, and a reorganization of the interior layout of the building to meet SALT Beyoğlu’s new functions.

SALT Beyoğlu hosts 1130 square meters of exhibition space on three levels. Acting as an interface between the institution and the street is the Forum, SALT Beyoğlu’s entry space. Forum welcomes the usual İstiklal Caddesi crowd, sharing daily program information and providing a transition into the institution’s exhibitions, cinema, café and shop. An extension of its entryway, SALT’s Walk-in Cinema forms an intimate platform for spontaneous activities, performances and talks, in addition to its programmed screenings. SALT Beyoğlu’s Café offers a contemporary food experience just off İstiklal Caddesi, and the Shop is a meeting point for followers of publications on visual culture. The SALT Beyoğlu building also includes circulation areas, archival and storage space, offices, and the Garden. ”

Comments
Recommended by Joana Pinto Coelho

“Great space. Cool exhibitions. Walk-in film theatre. Cute smaller branch of Robinson Crusoe 389 right on top of the elegant café. Advertisement all over the place for a lovely terrace garden which was, when I went there, being planted by two people with their butts facing the glazed door.”

We visited SALT around 6pm with a handful of other guests.  As a great service to the community, all of the exhibitions and the theater are free (as a banner states when you walk in).  The exhibition halls were covered in a light colored wood, a nice alternative to white walls (though the walls may only be covered for the current exhibitions).  The walk in theater is on the entry floor and features stadium seating, comfortable upholstered benches, a huge screen and a good sound system.  Information is posted in Turkish and English.  SALT also has a bookstore and cafe.  Founded by Garanti Bank, SALT will soon have another space, SALT Research, in a renovated bank building in Galata.

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