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The Agoras Project Creates a Quiet Urban Escape in Busy Istanbul
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On October 11, 2010 @ 7:55 pm In Architecture,Green Building | No Comments
Istanbul may not be the capital of Turkey, but it’s certainly one of the country’s biggest and most bustling centers. To answer the metropolis' desire for a contemplative and comfortable escape, Global Architectural Development (GAD) designed the Agoras Project – a mixed-use high rise, residential development covered in green terraces. What could easily be considered as a city within a city, the project provides residents with easy access to shopping, schools, a health center, parks and municipal spaces - but still offers a quiet respite from the bustling city with tranquil terraces, gardens, pools and captivating views of the city. Moreover, eco-strategies like natural day lighting, solar power and rainwater collection up project’s green qualifications.
Located in the heart of the bustling metropolis of Istanbul, the Agoras Project is a green oasis  and a sea of calm amongst urban sprawl. This mixed-use residential development  offers up different sized flats to appeal to various budgets and family types. Included in the development is a shopping mall, 14 cinemas, a fitness center, restaurants, and numerous cafes and shops – designed so residents would not have to travel too far from home for daily basic needs.
Each of the residential towers have been strategically sited so as to not block any apartment views of the courtyard or the surrounding areas. Apartments have been oriented to face the south in order to maximize natural light during the day. Garden terraces , green courtyards, and vertical green spaces are connected directly to the residences to give way to a more thoughtful connection to the natural environment. Additionally, solar power and rain water collection systems are active green strategies helping to minimize the environmental impact of the development.
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 Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/11/the-agoras-project-creates-a-quiet-urban-escape-in-busy-istanbul/agoras-istanbul-5/
 oasis: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/16/aritist-molly-dillworth-creates-a-tranquil-oasis-in-times-square/
 mixed-use residential development: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/04/mixed-use-development-for-amsterdam-inspired-by-the-alligator/
 Garden terraces: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/07/blooming-terraced-building-to-spring-up-in-slovenia-next-year/
 + Global Architectural Development: http://gadarchitecture.com/sryp-istanbul.html
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