Since the day it opened, the Vehbi Koç Foundation Ford Otosan Gölcük Culture and Community Center has been promoting social and cultural development for the people in the region. In addition to its natural surroundings, its gardens and award-winning architectural design, its events calendar provides a rich cultural environment with opportunities for personal development, art courses, exhibitions, theatrical arts and music activities. Art is educational, formative and unifying and artistic events not only bring cultures together but also protects and preserves it for future generations. The Center hosts an average of 9,000 visitors and art enthusiasts each month, functioning as a rendezvous point with activities ranging from classic music recitals, jazz concerts and theater and children’s performances to art workshops… The Center focuses on community responsibilities, and it serves audiences from every age group and segment of society free of charge.
Located on 27,000 square meters with 4,700 square meters of indoor space, the Center serves with an exhibition hall, auditorium, gymnasium, observation tower, and rooms for art workshops and social activities as well as its garden and restaurant. Ecological principles were applied throughout the design and construction of the Center; its copper, wood and brick architecture create distinction and won the "2011 Employer of the Year" award.