A winner has finally been chosen to build a brand new office tower in Istanbul, Turkey in the emerging Levent Cluster close to the recently completed Sapphire Tower.
Currently named the Zorlu Levent office tower the winning design chosen from seven entries comes from the drawing boards of local architectural firm Tabanlioglu Architects, and when built will stand at a respectable 196 metres in height.
To be located in the heart of Istanbul’s financial district the tower is planned to become home to some of the world’s top financial institutions and its design is meant to convey a modest but powerful corporate image to the world.
The project comprises of the main tower whilst at its base several shorter buildings are located. The main section of the low-rise zigzags outwards from the towers base almost like a tail and a further three sections are arranged around this main block create public courtyards which not only provide meeting space but these along with green roofs also provide views for the tower.
Despite its rather uninspiring shape the towers appearance is far from dull, geometric indentations in the facades along with the use of both fritted and sheer glazing not only serve to differentiate between the common areas and office sections of the tower but also due to orientation give the tower animation and when viewed from different perspectives allows the towers appearance to change.
As well as being home to office space the project will also have room for internal gardens, meeting space and in the low-rise buildings cafes and other social areas will feature.