The Pearl of Istanbul by Forum Studio

The Pearl of Istanbul by Forum StudioImage courtesy of Forum Studio

The Pearl of Istanbul by Forum Studio

 

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. Situated in a natural bluff just outside of the bustling city center of Istanbul, the Pearl takes full advantage of its connection to the Marmara Sea, the natural beauty of the site’s topography contributing to the region’s reputation as a cosmopolitan resort.

 

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The centerpiece of the development is a marina, comprised of a string of manmade islands. The islands are conceived as an alternative to a utilitarian seawall; they harmonize with, and extend, the region’s natural landscape. Changes in scale – from the monumental to the intimate – accommodate a variety of uses that will include nightlife and entertainment as well as family-friendly activities and academic marine research facilities. Connected by pathways and organized around a central “pearlescent” node, the Pearl’s islands form a calm harbor with more than 500 boat slips and commercial terminals for cruise ships. 

 

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Sculptural towers rise along the shore, alternating with landscaped terraces that cascade towards the water, mimicking natural plateaus of the region. The buildings’ massing is designed to capture spectacular views of the marina – as lively at night as it is during the day – and the sea beyond it. The towers’ base will house retail and restaurants. Wrapping around the other side of the towers’ base, the development will present a welcoming facade to the surrounding community, with street-level retail, services, and traditional cafes that are the region’s hallmark.

 

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