Occupying an exceptional site at the heart of Istanbul’s new central business district, the Kristalkule complex integrates diverse components while engaging two very different urban contexts.
Facing the burgeoning CBD, with its cluster of highrises, the 35-story glass tower anchors the east end of the site and animates the skyline with a distinctive prismatic form. The upper levels house a soaring sky garden and event space; at street level the building is fronted by a generous entry plaza on one side, while on the other it is joined to an extensive stone-clad base that supports, at the opposite end, a twelve-story office block. With a travertine stone curtain wall and punched windows, the smaller tower reflects the scale and materiality of the adjacent lowrise neighborhood. The base serves as the unifying element, creating cohesion between the two distinct forms.
90,000 m2 / 970,000 ft2 gross area; 170-meter-tall tower, 3-level office complex with a lineal garden, multi-use auditorium, restaurant, cafeteria, and parking for 1,100 cars.
Soyak Construction & Trading Co. (base building); Finansbank (interiors)
Architecture, exterior envelope, interior design
Skyscraper Award (#7)
International Architecture Award
Chicago Athenaeum / European Centre, 2016
Design Award of Honor
Society of American Registered Architects, 2015
The podium roof is planted with lush greenery while its length is punctuated by an array of indoor and outdoor public spaces, bringing natural light into the interior. Amenities include a conference center, retail spaces, dining options, and meeting areas, all situated above five levels of parking.
Associate Architect: Has Architects Ltd., Istanbul; Structural: Thornton Tomasetti, Inc., New York; Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing: Jaros Baum & Bolles, New York, NY; Mechanical: Dinamik Proje Engineering and Consulting Co., Ltd., Istanbul; Electrical: Enmar Engineering Ltd., Istanbul; Images: Fernando Guerra, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Soyak Construction & Trading Co.