Following their success in an invitation hosted by Feryapi, JDS is preparing for construction to start on their first scheme in Istanbul. The Premier Campus Office in Kagithane will be a 100,000 sq m mixed-use facility with extensive green roofs which takes its inspiration from the surrounding hilly setting.
The building volume has wedges removed to enable the existing neighbourhood to penetrate the new development, again mirroring the meandering nature of the Kagithane landscape. Due to begin construction in June 2013, the mixed-use block focuses on the seamless blend of retail and office units into the urban realm.
JDS details: “The project acts as a catalyst of business life for a new Istanbul that promotes contemporary culture, architecture and lifestyle. We’ve thought of a building where inside interacts with outside, where the plan is flexible to allow for anyone to find its desired space and place, whether it be a small one man show company or a large corporate office employing hundreds.”
The international firm concludes: “We believe life is plural and various entities should coexist and exchange their experiences. The Premier Campus Office is where such a rich diversity can find its place.”
The ground floor of the development will be home to retail units which open out onto intimate gardens, terraces and plazas while above the offices are host to private terraces. These staggered green spaces create a dramatic silhouette for the building, topped with glass boxes which filter strong sunlight into the generous interior volumes.