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RMJM gets go-ahead for Turkish skyscraper scheme

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RMJM’s Dubai studio has won planning approval for this three-tower scheme, featuring a 300m-tall ‘centrepiece’ skyscraper, in the Atasehir district of Istanbul, Turkey

The main tower will house offices, serviced apartments, a hotel, sky lobby and 30,000 square metres of shops. The scheme also includes a separate residential building and an office tower.

According to the AJ100 big-hitter, which recently snapped up aviation and nuclear power specialists YRM, the 500,000 square-metre development in the emerging Istanbul International Financial Centre will start on site early next month.

Jonathan Knight, design principal at RMJM, said: ‘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 among 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.’

He added: ‘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 intention was to create a new public destination - a new heart for Atasehir that is first and foremost inclusive and accessible to the people of the city.’

RMJM has also designed the nearby 1,500-home, 340,000 square-metre Varyap Meridian project which is due to complete this year.

Other practices designing super high-rise schemes in Turkey include Broadway Malyan, which unveiled a 571 metre-tall tower in Istanbul in September last year (AJ 01.09.11).


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