Forum Studio’s Pearl of Istanbul has earned the firm two design awards to date, and nobody will be surprised if it scores a few more. The mixed use development planned for Turkey’s bustling cultural center includes a series of glittering skyscrapers and a marina composed of man-made islands. The Pearl is meant to represent Istanbul’s progress and its “rebirth as a global destination,” according to the architects.
Forum Studio designed the Pearl of Istanbul to encompass a whopping 1,660,000 square feet, positioning it to become a landmark destination. Situated on a natural bluff overlooking the Marmara Sea, the Pearl looks like another sprawling luxury resort, but project leaders insist it will remain accessible to the public at large, with affordably priced apartments and hotel rooms, with retail spaces and restaurants at the ground level. The land portion of the Pearl will consist of several sculptural towers right on the shore, with landscaped terraces and spectacular views of the marina below.
Of course, the jaw-dropping marina is the part of the design getting most of the attention. A string of floating, man-made islands creates the perimeter of the marina, where a staggering 500 boat can dock as well as terminals for cruise ships. The islands will double as a seawall, ensuring calm waters inside the marina while reducing the environmental impact on marine habitats.
The cultural significance of the project is not lost on its designers. In a statement, Forum Studio describes the importance of a develop of this scale: “The Pearl of Istanbul is at the heart of this transformation. Envisioned by Turkey’s business and civic leaders, and designed by the urban planning and architectural design team at Forum Studio, the Pearl marks Istanbul’s rebirth as a global destination.”
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