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Newtecnic wins ‘hovering’ Istanbul museum job

Instanbul museum

Newtecnic has won the contract to design the structure, façade and mechanical, electrical and plumbing for Turkey’s new Istanbul Museum.

The museum facades have been engineered by Newtecnic so that the building’s cantilevered floors appear to hover with the main building mass located above the glass walled ground floor.

The firm will also implement 3D printing technology to build components on site as well as assisting with assembly of the façade for the 38,000m² building.

Newtecnic chief executive Andrew Watts said that the role of the company was to “simplify complexity” on the project.

“It is very gratifying to be appointed to complete the designs that we initiated at the competition stage,” said Watts. “By blending enclosed exterior open-air rooms and exposed interior spaces the museum will be an exciting place of discovery and learning.”

Newtecnic will oversee the construction of large high-performance metal façade panels and specially designed fixing assemblies.

The building envelope gives the appearance of being a solid mass by incorporating voids in the in the façade.

Lidar equipped drones will also be extensively used throughout the construction phase to monitor the accuracy of the as-built construction against its digital counterpart.

Watts added: “The use of additive manufacture and 3D printing of verified building components, in advanced on-site Construction Labs, means that this project could be delivered on time, within budget and to a very high-quality level.

“Through extensive use of technology, we have achieved and surpassed all aesthetic and performance expectations.”

The building, located in the Topkapi district, is currently under construction and due for mid-2019 completion.

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