Client: Govt. of Turkey and Private Investors
Building Type: Leisure and Hospitality
Project Status: Schematic Design
The brief called for a new Icon for Istanbul, on the Island of Sivriada, immediately south of the city, in the Sea of Marmara. The design objective was to develop both a visible marker and coherent proposal that would take full advantage of this unique site and varied programme, connecting the various facilities in order to create an all-encompassing tourist and visitor destination.
The principle structure or Icon building, sitting at the high point of the island 80m above sea level, accommodates a naval museum, auditorium, hotel and conference facilities, mosque and other public amenities. A series of viewing platforms take advantage of the panoramic views over the sea and towards the city of Istanbul, culminating in a dramatic viewpoint on the uppermost floor of the building, at 110m above sea level, with the tip of the cantilevered canopy overhead soaring to 140m.
The Icon building is reached via a funicular railway from the marina below - suitable for both public and private vessels - with water taxis, ferries and yachts bringing visitors from the mainland. Other amenities on the island include an open-air amphitheatre, and watersports club, all linked by a series of dramatic and vertiginous footpaths that encircle the island.
Architect: UHA London
Structure: Halvorson and Partners
MEP and Infrastructure: DSA Engineering
Vertical Transportation: Lerch Bates