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Recently a huge demand on real estate market in Turkey and especially in Istanbul has been noticed. In addition to many economic, social and cultural features, this is due to the advanced level that construction sector in Turkey has reached so far.

New technologies, innovative materials and avant-garde architectural designs have all contributed to make construction field in Turkey hit the highest levels.

So let’s take a look to some of the various illustrations of modern architecture in Istanbul that made the world talk.

Istanbul Third Airport:

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The huge gateway to Istanbul was the collaboration between many pioneer and internationally recognized architecture offices which are, Grimshaw architects, Nordic office of architecture, Haptic architects and Scott Browring.

The main architectural concept was based on “a fluent and coherent transition from landside to airside.”

It also illustrates the cultural influences of the historical city with its Tulip-shaped control Towers referring to Ottoman area with a contemporary touch.

The airport built on an area of 1,000,000 sqm, is expected to be the biggest airport after being finished in 5 years with a capacity of 90 million passengers per year.

Istanbul Telecommunication Tower:

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The futuristic TV and Radio Tower based in Camlica, still under construction, is estimated to support 125 broadcasting transmitters. With a height of 369m (589m above sea level), The tower is expected to be Istanbul’s tallest building and even 5 m higher than famous Eiffel Tower.

Melike Altinsik in collaboration with Daniel Widrig and Florian Dubiel have introduced through this masterpiece, a distinguished leading-edge design giving a sense of dynamism and rhythm thanks to its silhouette that changes depending on the view side around the city.

The tower introducing innovative materials with 145m of steel supported by 203m of concrete, has been subject to wind test to evaluate the structure’s stability.

The tower, expected to be officially opened in late 2019, will be one of Istanbul’s landmarks with its cafes, restaurants, exhibition spaces, meeting areas, and observation deck which offers an outstanding view of the Bosporus.

Bahcekoy house:

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Designed by Habif Architects in 2018, the house was built on an area of 1700m2 in Bahcekoy Istanbul for a family of 4 persons. The main concept of the project is to have open space living areas with solid connection and fluent transition to the exterior through transparent openings and terraces. This resulted an open air area without losing the interior privacy with an introvert and extrovert architecture at the same time. In fact, from the outside, the house gives a massive and a strong impression with its concrete- stone façade. But from the outside we are facing a very airy and open space to the interior garden naturally illuminated. The architect insisted to keep his design natural with the use of natural materials such as wood, handmade concrete, stone and marble.

Sancaklar Mosque:

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Designed by Emre Aolat architects in a suburban area in Istanbul, the mosque had a lot of controversies with its polemic design. In fact, it overcame all the traditional mosque layouts and came up with a new concept that breaks the connection and builds a boundary with the outside to provide the prayers a peaceful pray atmosphere while their “ connection with God”.

With its humble exterior shapes, the mosque design focuses on its connection to the nature. A 6m height canopy is the only visible part and the only announcing element of the mosque existence. It emerges gradually from its natural framework while the rest of the mosque melt in harmony with the landscape.

The mosque was internationally rewarded in 2018 from RIBA, the Royal Institute of British Architects.