Ziraat Bank Istanbul, Turkish Finance Building, Offices Turkey, IIFF, Architect
Ziraat Bank Headquarters Istanbul Offices
Istanbul Financial Building Development design by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
28 Dec 2013
Design: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
KPF Reveals Design Concept For Ziraat Bank Headquarters In Istanbul
Firm’s first project in Turkey is head office for country’s leading bank
Cornerstone of the new Istanbul International Financial Centre
Ziraat Bank Headquarters Istanbul Building
New York, NY – December 2013 – International architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) is pleased to share its exciting design for a new headquarters for the country’s largest and oldest financial institution, Ziraat Bank, in a modern, suburban district of Istanbul.
The two tower, over 400,000m² Ziraat Bank headquarters will be the centre‐piece of the new Istanbul International Financial Centre (IIFF), exemplifying Istanbul’s status as a global financial centre and Ziraat Bank’s position as the country’s leading bank. The new complex, designed in association with locally-based architects A Tasarim Mimarlik and planned in tandem with KKS, will reflect the corporate image of financial service buildings currently emerging across the globe, whilst taking inspiration from its rich architectural context.
Drawing on the cultural heritage of Turkey and its great buildings over the course of history, the silhouette of the structure will create a significant architectural presence, distinguishing the new headquarters from its immediate neighbours within the future masterplan. The form of the building and its facade adopts motifs, geometrical patterns and symbols of the Ottoman Empire, including the Ottoman symbol of the Tugra; the seal of the Sultan. The Tugra symbol is prevalent throughout the design.
The podium is designed as a plinth for the towers, organising the interior and exterior spaces to create vibrant and dynamic public realm around the buildings. The towers, of 46 storeys and 40 storeys respectively, will rise from the podium, progressively becoming more transparent as they reach towards the sky. Facades and interior materials are inspired by their locality, combining high quality glass and metal frames to accentuate the building’s geometry.
KPF Managing Principal, Paul Katz commented, “With the support and encouragement of a visionary client, we have designed a modern financial service, high rise which is inspired by the intricacies of Istanbul’s incredible cultural, urban, and historical legacy.”
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Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
Location: Istanbul, Turkey, south eastern Europe
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