Gallery: Istanbul Unveils $1 Billion Green Super Development

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In what is set to be the greenest development in Turkey, Istanbul recently unveiled the VARYAP Meridian Project, a mixed-use super-development that will house the city’s new financial and business district. Set in the Atasehir District at the crossroads of major highways, subway lines and near the airport, the new project will be a model for future green development. New York and Istanbul-based RMJM are designing the project to LEED standards and have carefully analyzed the site to take advantage of the surrounding topography, climate and context.

The project will consist of a 60-storey tower, 1,500 residential units, a five-star hotel, offices, and conference facilities with landscaped public areas and parking facilities. The residential complexes will contain a variety of options ranging from luxury 5-bedroom penthouse apartments to small studio apartments. In total, the development is meant to serve 20,000 people and is expected to cost $1 billion. Set on a 107,000 square meter parcel, the project will be built out to 372,000 square meters. Considering all of this, the project is on an incredibly fast paced schedule with completion set for 2011.

The large development will feature many sustainable elements including rainwater collection sites and facilities to optimize water usage and reduce energy consumption, wind turbine technology, cooling water pools that enhance the external landscape, and a co-generation plant that will produce electricity for the development. The designers at RMJM have also carefully analyzed the location, orientation, and landscaping of the project to optimize panoramic views and minimize solar heat gain to the buildings. Istanbul’s culture and heritage are also included in the design, which incorporates a spectral tiled facade that ranges from terra cotta to blue to white.

Chris Jones, RMJM design principal who leads RMJM’s new Istanbul office said, “RMJM’s design not only addresses Istanbul’s culture, climate, architectural heritage, and cosmopolitan attitude, but also sets a new standard for sustainable design for Turkey. Sustainable design is no longer a trend but a necessity and our client VARYAP embraced the idea from the start.”



Via World Architecture News


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  1. herbistanbul April 7, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    firstl i d like to inform restorm that it was only brownfield and it transformed into a new ideology of green friend building!

    but the main question is way far from that u already asked the main problem is that how a 60 level building can be green? andtyhe sudden question appears is LEEDS enough to judge a building to be friend of nature? or is it a new way to sell a penthouse up to 5 million dollars?

  2. Amer January 5, 2010 at 4:43 am

    I Really Liked This development And the Idea Of Improving The World on Building A projects for Keeping and Protecting The Green Life Around This World.
    Thank You for letting us know about this good work for the improvements,And special thanks for RMJM Company and its nice projects.

    I Would Ask You To Visit My website, and check information about Architecture Engineering and Its Development,and The New exclusive Projects Made By Famous And World Wide Company.

  3. erginv September 17, 2009 at 3:34 pm


    There was only brownfield, nothing else

  4. restorm September 17, 2009 at 1:41 am

    This looks great, but the article left out crucial information: what was already on the site? Was it a brownfield (good) or ugly, useless buildings (good)? Was it an endangered wetland or beautiful historic building or vibrant-but-poor minority neighborhood (bad)? No discussion of a so-called “green” or “sustainable” project should ignore what was destroyed to make way for it. Some things are worth destroying (old Walmarts), and others aren’t. – Storm Cunningham

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