Surmeli Group/ Akfen
This major urban design project for a highly prominent site in Istanbul involved the mixed use of shopping, leisure, offices and a hotel. Shopping-leisure uses occupy the lower 5 stories and the offices are planned at the upper 5 stories of the two interconnected blocks.
The lowest three levels below ground accommodate car parking and facilities, the four levels below the hotel lobby house a wide range of common areas including shops and restaurants, a major conference centre and swimming pools. Mindful of the limited exposure of the development on to the main street along the northern boundary of the site a new Boulevard has been proposed bisecting the site from east to west and affording vehicular and pedestrian entrances to all three major components.