Atasehir Tower plans to rival London's Shard at a staggering 300m in height
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 300m tall comparable with the height of London’s Shard.
The 500,000 sq m 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 sq m 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.
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.”