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Ziraat Bank Headquarters in Istanbul
24 Jun 2021
Ziraat Bank Headquarters
Architecture: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
Location: Istanbul, Western Turkey
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) is pleased to announce that the Ziraat Bank Headquarters in Istanbul has topped out. On reaching this milestone, the landmark project is taking its place as the centre-piece of the new Istanbul International Financial Centre (IIFF) to become a fitting symbol for Ziraat Bank’s importance and rich heritage. The office-led development extends to more than 350,000m2 and incorporates the bank’s headquarters with commercial office space, ground floor retail and below grade parking.
Both innovative and contextually relevant, the design draws upon the cultural heritage and historic architecture of one of the world’s oldest and most diverse cities. The curving profile of the towers, viewed together with the podium, allude to a traditional Ottoman calligraphic signature, the Tughra. The office towers, which rise to 40 and 46 storeys, have been designed to support employee wellbeing. Amenities include prayer rooms, naturally ventilated areas and planted balcony break out spaces. Double-height atria create different working environments that encourage social interaction across floors.
Designed as separate but interconnected buildings, the podium unites the two towers. A common entrance with an eight-storey atrium is defined by the pebble-like form of the Ziraat Bank’s auditorium and conference centre. Bridges cross the atrium at multiple levels, creating visual and physical links.
The building occupies a prominent position within the ICFF, with the podium defining public space. On the tower façades, louvers of various sizes are used to allow high-levels of natural daylight whilst reducing glare and preventing excessive solar gain. In contrast to the simple treatment of the tower facades, the podium is designed with a rich pattern of flat arches and vertical fins, which set up an elegant rhythm.
Mustafa Chehabeddine, Design Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox:
“We are delighted to have reached this important milestone on KPF’s first project in Turkey. Ziraat Bank is an exemplar of contemporary design that is respectful to its context and the rich history of the country. We believe will become a fitting centrepiece for the new Istanbul International Financial Centre.”
Ziraat Bank Headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey – Building Information
Ziraat Bank was designed in association A Tasarim Mimarlik, architect of record.
• Architect of Record: A Tasarim Mimarlik
• Structure/SMEP: Arup
• Façade Engineers: ALT
• Workplace Consultants/Interiors: KKS Strategy
• Office interiors: A+I Asia
About Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) is one of the world’s preeminent architecture firms, providing architecture, interior, programming and master planning services for clients that include some of the most forward-thinking developers, corporations, entrepreneurs, and institutions around the world.
The firm’s extensive portfolio spans more than 40 countries and includes a wide range of projects from office and residential buildings to civic and cultural spaces to educational facilities. Driven by individual design solutions, rather than a predetermined style, KPF’s mission is to create buildings and places of the utmost quality and contextual sensitivity, providing a valuable impact on the cities they inhabit.
As a global practice with a far-reaching impact, KPF endeavours to design lasting architectural solutions that mitigate their lifecycle impact on environmental resources and that protect and enhance the well-being of the communities they serve. For that reason, the firm has joined AIA, RIBA, and many of its peers in a joint effort to develop the capabilities to design and deliver carbon-neutral buildings by 2030.
Images: Tom Spall
Ziraat Bank Headquarters, Istanbul images / information received 240621 from Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
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