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Istanbul Financial District Building, Turkey design by RMJM Architects

11 Jan 2012

Atasehir Tower

RMJM to design one of Europe’s tallest towers in Turkey

RMJM’s Dubai studio has just received planning approval for one of the tallest towers in Europe, located in the Atasehir district of Istanbul, Turkey.

The design for the mixed-use building, including super-high-rise apartments, will consist of a tower nearly 300 metres tall comparable with the height of London’s Shard.

Atasehir Tower Atasehir Tower Building Atasehir Tower Istanbul
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The 500,000 square metre development will consist of three towers located over an extensive landscaped public podium. The main tower will include offices, serviced apartments, a hotel, sky lobby and a 30,000 square metre public shopping mall. There will be a separate residential-only block which will be between 30 and 40 storeys tall, together with a dedicated office tower addressing the new financial district.

Its planned location is in the new Istanbul International Financial Centre, a zone within the district of Atasehir given special status by the Turkish government to promote the development of the city as a new financial hub.

Turkish construction companies Varyap and GAP Insaat are developing the scheme and plan to commence construction early next month.

The population of Istanbul has increased dramatically from 2.7 million in 1980 to over 13 million last year, which has created a building boom over the last decade, resulting in the demand for a number of new apartments around the city. Istanbul’s 12 tallest skyscrapers have all been completed since the turn of the millennium.

RMJM has also designed the nearby 340,000 square metre Varyap Meridian, due to be completed this year. This mixed use residential and commercial development consists of 1,500 residential units, a five-star hotel and conference facility, commercial office space and landscaped areas with external pools, water features, public squares and sub-grade parking.

Atasehir is easily accessible by road from Levent to the west and from Sabiha Gökçen International Airport to the east.

Jonathan Knight, Design Principal at RMJM, comments: “In its architecture this project has tried to capture the essence of the city and reinterpret this in a contemporary setting. The tower will be the tallest in Turkey, and amongst the largest in Europe, symbolising the dynamism and confidence of Turkey in 2012. The tower reflects all that is truly inspiring about modern day Istanbul.

“This project has been an exercise in urban planning as much as architecture – it is about the spaces in between the buildings as much the buildings themselves. Our intentions were to create a new public destination – a new heart for Atasehir that was first and foremost inclusive and accessible to the people of the city.”

Chris Jones, Managing Principal at RMJM, comments: “Whilst the development is a commercial mixed use project, we feel that its beauty lies in the fact that its ultimately a piece of city planning, bringing new life to the city. The wider project provides many different spaces that reflect the diversity of the city’s fabric. The streets, gardens, squares, gateways, staircases and boulevards all contribute to a new vibrant accessible and inclusive public realm.

“It has been an honor to work with some of the leading professionals in Turkey, embracing the culture, passion and heritage for design and construction. I’d like to thank our clients at Varyap Gap Insaat, who have had a clear vision for this project since its conception and resolute inspiration and patronage for the development.”

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RMJM is an international architectural firm with offices throughout Europe, USA, Asia and the Middle East. Today RMJM is one of the world’s largest architectural practices with 16 international offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, Moscow, New York, Princeton, Shanghai, Singapore, St Petersburg, Vladivostok and Washington D.C.

RMJM is also completing the world’s most leaning building – the award-winning Capital Gate Tower in Abu Dhabi. Capital Gate has won two prestigious Cityscape awards for Best Overall Project of the Year 2011 and Best Commercial Building.

The company currently has over £10 billion worth of construction projects on its drawing boards, including some of the world’s most high-profile and ambitious projects.

20 Oct 2008

Atasehir District

RMJM wins developer competition to design luxury, landmark community in Istanbul’s new financial district

RMJM has won a developer-led competition to design a 340,000-square-metre mixed-use development with an estimated value of US$1 billion (nearly £600 million) in a section of Istanbul that the Turkish government intends to transform into the city’s new financial district and a business centre for the country.

Map shows development site in Istanbul and adjacent new financial district:
Atasehir Istanbul
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Atasehir District Project by RMJM Architects

Varyap Meridian
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Atasehir District Istanbul Project by RMJM Architects

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