santralistanbul is a conservation and regeneration project, led by İstanbul Bilgi University, involving the transformation of İstanbul’s first urban scale electricity power plant, Silahtarağa (operational from 1914 to 1983), into an international hub for arts, culture, learning and education. The Silahtarağa area is situated at the heart of Golden Horn, one of İstanbul’s once major industrial quarters, now positioning itself as a cultural and recreational site. The power plant with its early twentieth century turbine halls, boiler rooms, control room, workers’ lodgings and its peripheral buildings like warehouses and repair yards, as well as with its extensive gardens and waterfront area, is a well-preserved industrial heritage site, unique in this respect in this region. santralistanbul has taken over this truly awe-inspiring space and is turning it into generative force field through arts, culture and learning. santralistanbul comprises a major centre for contemporary arts, exhibition and project spaces, an Energy Museum, a comprehensive arts and humanities public library, residence facilities for visiting artists and researchers, performance spaces, as well as Bilgi University’s various teaching departments, such as Visual Communications Design, Architecture MA Programme, Sociology, History and Management of Performing Arts. santralistanbul is a unique undertaking where artistic activities and learning programmes intermingle, feeding one another with creativity. santralistanbul sees its mission as being an accessible, participatory and interdisciplinary international platform for arts, culture and learning, aiming to generate an attractive resource for the entire region, from the immediate locality of Golden Horn to neighbouring countries around Turkey.
Eski Silahtarağa Elektrik Santralı
Silahtarağa Mahallesi, Kazım Karabekir Caddesi
No: 1 34060 Eyüp İstanbul
Tel: 0212 311 70 00
Fax: 0212 427 94 40