Istanbul Skyscraper Development design by FXFOWLE

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Renaissance Tower – Building Information
Project: Renaissance Tower
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Client: Renaissance Development
Anticipated Completion: 2014
Height: 36 stories, plus mechanical
Sustainability: LEED Gold Anticipated

The Professional Team
Architect: FXFOWLE
Dan Kaplan, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Partner
Founded over 33 years ago, FXFOWLE is an architectural, interior design, planning, and urban design firm with offices in New York and Washington, D.C. The firm’s diverse portfolio includes work of all types and scales across the globe, and has garnered international recognition for its design quality, technical innovation, and environmental responsibility.
Associate Architect: Fehmi Kobal Design Architects
Structural Design: DeSimone Consulting Engineers, APCB
MEP Services: Okutan Engineering, FDC Electrical, Cosentini Associates
Façade: Axis Facades
Engineering Consultant: Renaissance Construction Team

This tower, the tallest on the Anatolian side of Istanbul, makes a memorable presence for the headquarters of a dynamic construction and development company. Occupying an “edge-city” context at the intersection of two major highways, the tower is completely freestanding and seen in the round. Functioning like an obelisk, it marks the end of long vistas and announces the entrance to the city from the east.

This tower marries sculptural massing rooted in locale, a solar responsive skin with allusions to Islamic tradition, and the incorporation of green spaces throughout. Rooted in the particular spirit of Istanbul, it offers an antidote to the universal application of conventions that has regrettably become the norm for many international practices.

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