Culture And Arts
Akkök Holding, operating in Yalova with its manufacturing sites, opened the Raif Dinçkök Cultural Center in May 2011 to enrich the social and cultural life in the city.
The center was built as four separate blocks on a 10,000 m2 plot of land provided by the Municipality of Yalova and it includes multi-purpose halls facilitating various culture and arts presentations, formal training workshops, a foyer, exhibition and cafeteria areas and various sections such as the observation terrace.
The center was constructed to provide a solution for an important need of the people of Yalova and was named after the late Raif Dinçkök, the founder of Akkök Holding.
Raif Dinçkök Cultural Center has been nominated for various awards with its contemporary architectural design. The center was chosen among the best in Europe for the category "Commercial/Recreational Structures" in the 2010 European Property Awards in which 39 countries participated with a record number of projects.
The Raif Dinçkök Cultural Center was certified as a “noteworthy” finalist in the Community and Social Life categories at Cityscape Global, one of the most important construction and real estate events in Dubai, held in October 2010.
In addition to these awards, the center was among the seven different projects of architect Emre Arolat, the designer of the project, showcased in the book titled “1000 Ideas by 100 Architects”. The book, which contains the interpretation of 100 leading architects of the world about their own projects, cited Raif Dinçkök Cultural Center to be a unique design as a culture and arts complex.