Ziraat bank headquarters by Kohn Pedersen Fox

Ziraat Bank HeadquartersImage courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox associates

Ziraat Bank Headquarters by Kohn Pedersen Fox

Plans have been unveiled for Ziraat bank’s Istanbul headquarters, a large scale project comprising two distinct towers which will form the centerpiece of the city’s financial district. Located in a modern suburban district, the scheme, developed by international firm Kohn Pedersen Fox, exemplifies the Turkish capital’s growing status as a global financial center.

Ziraat Bank HeadquartersImage courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox associates

The 400,000 square meter project is connected through a podium at the base of the design which organizes both interior and exterior space – ensuring a vibrant public realm at ground level. The two identifiable towers rise out of the plinth becoming more transparent as they climb towards the sky. The façades of the structure combine high quality glass with metal frames emphasizing the scheme’s precise geometry.

Ziraat Bank HeadquartersImage courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox associates

“Drawing on the cultural heritage of Turkey and its great buildings over the course of history, the silhouette of the structure will create a significant architectural presence, distinguishing the new headquarters from its immediate neighbors within the future masterplan,” described the architects. “The form of the building and its facade adopts motifs, geometrical patterns and symbols of the Ottoman Empire, including the Ottoman symbol of the Tugra; the seal of the Sultan. The Tugra symbol is prevalent throughout the design.”

Ziraat Bank HeadquartersImage courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox associates

The Ziraat bank development was designed in collaboration with local architects A Tasarim Mimarlik, and planned in tandem with KKS.

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