The Dubai studio of RMJM has received planning approval for a 300m-high tower in Istanbul, set to be one of the tallest towers in Europe.
The 500,000m2 development will consist of three towers with the main tower containing offices, serviced apartments, a hotel, sky lobby and a 30,000m2 public shopping mall.
It will also feature a separate residential-only block and a dedicated office tower addressing the new financial district.
Its planned location is the new Istanbul International Financial Centre, a zone within the district of Atasehir which has been given special status by the Turkish government as a financial hub.
Chris Jones, managing principal at RMJM, commented: “Whilst the development is a commercial mixed use project, we feel that its beauty lies in the fact that its ultimately a piece of city planning, bringing new life to the city.
“The wider project provides many different spaces that reflect the diversity of the city’s fabric. The streets, gardens, squares, gateways, staircases and boulevards all contribute to a new vibrant accessible and inclusive public realm.”
Turkish construction companies Varyap and GAP Insaat are developing the scheme and plan to commence construction early next month.
The population of Istanbul has increased from 2.7 million in 1980 to over 13 million last year, which has resulted in the demand for new apartments around the city. Istanbul’s 12 tallest buildings have all been completed since the turn of the millennium.