Kanyon an Open Air Design
The unique state-of-the-art project is designed by Jerde partnership to combine 2.74 million ft2 of modern offices, luxury residences with local and upscale retailers in an organic open air design that includes an amphitheatre, plazas and rooftop park spaces where workers, residents and visitors can gather.
The functional relationship of the uses and their relationship to the city establish the basic planning armature for the project. The four–level of retail extend the full length of the site and create a podium for residences.
BackgroundAn international retail destination, Istanbul is home to two historic bazaars, including Grand Bazaar, which is billed as the world’s oldest and largest covered market, and nearly 30 modern shopping malls that have been built since 1988. More than 15 additional shopping and mixed-use districts are planned for near-term development. In the growing and highly competitive retail market, Kanyon was conceived as a modern mixed-use destination with a retail component that would stand apart from Istanbul´s vast retail offering. The project is an equal joint venture between prominent Turkish companies, Eczacýbaþý Group and Ýs Real Estate & Investment, a division of Ýsbank.
Open-air walkwayKanyon’s uses are connected by a central, open-air walkway that carves soft curves in the building forms, creating a dramatic “canyon” effect. The 600-foot-long canyon connects the office, residential, retail and entertainment uses with an exploratory path that features a variety of courtyards, terraces and other spaces where workers, residents and visitors to the project can interact. At the heart of the project, the canyon opens to a performance plaza, an amphitheatre carved into the base of the project’s entertainment sphere that will be the stage for activities of all sizes, from strolling entertainers to symphonies. Landscaping and water features enhance the project’s open and natural design.
In addition to connecting and activating the canyon, the retail base contains multiple entrances at different levels that knit the project into the city fabric and provide access from the metro, street and parking structure. Unlike Istanbul’s modern enclosed shopping centers, Kanyon has an open-air retail center with heat panels that allow shoppers and visitors to enjoy the fresh air in a climate-controlled setting that is protected from wind, rain and snow. Its unique design has attracted upscale retailers, including many that are new to Turkey, to its 160 shops.
Office TowerJerde designed Kanyon’s 26-level tower with a curved façade that reinforces the graceful shape of the canyon and creates an iconic silhouette that will become part of the city’s memorable skyline. The tower is slightly set back from the major boulevard Büyükdere Caddesi, creating an entry plaza that overlooks the long expanse of the canyon and includes a canopy that provides weather protection.
Residential towerThe residential tower sits atop the four-level retail podium, rising from 2–17 levels in height. Jerde designed the tower with a simple iconic shape that reinforces the flow of the canyon and provides dramatic views into and beyond the project.
The residential tower houses 179 units in 21 styles ranging from 860 to 4,100 ft2 in size. The step-back pattern of the tower allows for many units to have private balconies, private terraces and gardens. In keeping with the project’s sense of openness, windows in the highrise residences open, unlike many. The pool area for residents is located to the south behind the terraced housing for maximum sunlight and privacy.