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Top court orders demolition of luxury Istanbul tower blocks

The Turkish Council of State has ruled that three luxury Istanbul tower blocks must be demolished after concerns over the impact on the city’s UNESCO World Heritage zone

Architect Alpar’s towers, known as the OnaltiDokuz Residence are 27, 32 and 37-storeys high, and were granted a construction permit by the city.

However, UNESCO subsequently voiced concern over the impliations of a building boom in Istanbul and its affect on the views of landmarks such as the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.

The Council of State’s decision to demolish the towers follows an earlier ruling by a lower court, which declared the skyscrapers as ‘illegal’ because of their effect on the city’s skyline.

Lawyer Cihat Gökdemir, who brought the case, said the compensation likely to result from the it should be paid by members of the local authority that approved the development, the Guardian reported.

Readers' comments (1)

  • "Nought's fixed in life but change."

    You cannot keep a city in aspic, world heritage or not. There is inevitably an impact on any environment. If we try to keep the status quo in our environment, in what kind of pickle every city in the world would be, sprawling for miles so as not to impact one history or another.

    Juxtaposition is all. How inappropriate was the Beabourg in Paris? But what an exquisite contrast and challenge to the eye. However Excellence of design is all.

    Not knowing the full context of Alpar's design, I would question the level of aesthetic design experience/education of those allowing the building permit in the first place should Unesco's wrath be justified.

    The elevated pictorial towers view against the Blue Mosque in the Guardian's article is questionable. How about we look at it from street level?

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