Construction work has commenced on KoruFlorya, a major 280,000 square metre mixed-use scheme in the Florya district of Istanbul, Turkey, designed by international architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan. The scheme features 86,000 square metre of residential space, with 298 high-end dwellings and apartments, and 50,000 square metre of retail space, across a two-storey shopping mall, with 200 shops, and includes a health and fitness centre.
Following a direct commission secured with client the Aydinli Group, which has some 150 retail stores in Turkey and is one of the leading companies in Turkey’s ‘ready-wear sector’, the practice’s teams in Istanbul, London, and Singapore delivered the design for the shopping centre, façades for existing residential blocks, and landscape design.
Director Peter Vaughan said: “This project has drawn on the diverse skills, expertise and experience of our global design experts, close collaboration between our teams and partnering with the client, with whom we’re working on two other major schemes, as well as the wider project team on the ground, to deliver a new, landmark destination in Istanbul.”
The practice’s design takes inspiration from the close proximity of the scheme to local forests and the sea, is modern and minimal in style, and warm through materials and forms. Timber and local stone has been incorporated alongside earthy colours and soft shapes, to enhance the feeling of safety and comfort throughout the residential and the retail spaces. Sustainability has been prioritised through integration of the scheme with adjacent public transport links, as well as features such as a green roof.
The milestone an early success for the firm’s Istanbul-based team, with the practice having opened its 15th global office in the Turkish capital at the start of the month, following new project wins including a brief to design the world’s third-tallest tower at 571 metres.