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.