The contract will include projects for the city’s year as European Capital of Culture in 2010 and a longer-term framework for the historic Sur-i Sultani area over the next 20 years.
‘It’s an enormous privilege to contribute to a project like this,’ said Metaphor director Stephen Greenberg. ‘This is a strategic vision for a museum quarter that I believe will be world class.’
The area covered by the contract includes the city’s archaeological museum, the Imperial Mint, historic church Hagia Irene and the area around Topkapı Palace.
Metaphor will consider how to display a huge range of artefacts – including objects from the Ottoman, Byzantine and Hellenic periods – remodel the Mint, and signpost the site.
Greenberg claims the collections and archived material are ‘phenomenal’ and, unlike most similar projects, they all come from the local area. He said: ‘When you’re standing on site, you’ll get an idea of several thousand years of its history.’
Metaphor also worked on the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo and 35 new galleries for Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum.