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A Plan for Istanbul's Wall Street

Istanbul International Financial Center
Istanbul, Turkey

HOK developed the master plan for the Istanbul International Financial Center (IIFC), a US$2.6 billion project that is integral to Turkey’s plan to make its economy one of the world’s 10 largest.

The Turkish government’s goal for the landmark project is to establish Istanbul as a global center for finance. The IIFC will house the head offices of the country’s financial market governing bodies, state-owned and private banks, and related businesses. It will include 45 million square feet of office, residential, retail, conference, hotel and park space.

HOK’s master plan provides a framework for developing a sustainable financial center in a way that blends human need, environmental stewardship and economic viability into a new global model of urbanism rooted in Turkish culture.

The plan creates four distinct districts focusing on culture, commerce, civic functions and governance. Strategically located between the Ataşehir and Ümraniye districts, the site offers easy accessibility and views to the historic center of Istanbul.

Major infrastructure improvements include a transportation system featuring a new subway line and station as well as new infrastructure for sustainable power, water, data and security. These systems are integrated into a podium that provides a surface for a new urban park.

In addition to creating the master plan, architectural and landscape design standards, and sustainability guidelines, HOK is designing two of the IIFC’s high-rise office towers.

SIZE

170 acres / 70 hectares
45 million sq. ft. / 4.2 million sq. m.

SERVICES

Architecture
Landscape Architecture
Master Planning
Sustainability Guidelines
Urban Design

45 million

Total square feet of office, residential, retail, conference, hotel and park space

 

NEWS

1 January 2014
“Istanbul International Finance Center (IIFC)”
Cityscape Magazine

1 January 2014
“Thinking Big”
Site Selection 

26 March 2013
“In Istanbul, a Financial Center by HOK”
Architects + Artisans

15 March 2013
“Istanbul’s $2.6B ‘Wall Street’ Has Towering Broccoli Florets”
Curbed

14 March 2013
“HOK Breaks Ground on Eco-Friendly Master Plan for Istanbul’s New International Financial Center”
Inhabitat

14 March 2013
“New Istanbul International Financial Center Master Plan”
ArchDaily

14 March 2013
“2.6B International Finance Center for the World’s Second Most Populous City”
World Architecture News

14 March 2013
“Istanbul Begins Construction on Its Own Wall Street!”
Architizer

14 March 2013
“Construction Starts on Istanbul International Finance Center”
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