The Ziraat Bank Headquarters in Istanbul, is expected to become, one of the most attractive centerpieces of the new Istanbul International Financial Centre. The building will accommodate bank headquarters, commercial office spaces, retail spaces, and of course, underground parking.
The towers’ design draws upon Istanbul’s cultural heritage and historic architecture in a modernized context. The buildings’ curved profile, along with the podium, pay homage to the Tughra, a traditional Ottoman calligraphic signature. Both buildings are designed as separate but interconnected structures through the unifying podium. The common entrance includes an eight-storey atrium with a pebble-like form of the Ziraat Bank’s auditorium and conference center.
The towers rise up to 40 and 46 storeys, and have been designed to promote employee comfort and wellbeing. Amenities include prayer rooms, naturally ventilated areas, and balcony break out spaces with greenery. Double-height atria were incorporated in the design to create different working environments that encourage social interaction across floors. Bridges are also implemented, crossing the atrium at multiple levels to create visual and physical links.