by Philip Jodidio, in the Emre Arolat Architecture: 'Context and Plurality' book published by Rizzoli New York in 2013:
"The Tekfen Tower is a twenty-eight-storey structure completed in 2003 and located on the Levent-Maslak axis on Büyükdere Avenue, considered Istanbul’s latest backbone of commerce.
The Kağıthane Office Park (2007-12) was designed for the Tekfen Group, which has foreseen the potential in the area. As is usually the case, the architects first carefully studied the site and the surrounding area, investigating not only the physical characteristics, but also sociological factors. Solutions involving the fragmentation of the required 53.000 square meters (173,884 square feet) of floor area were privileged to avoid imposing a more monolithic mass on the neighborhood and to allow for more flexibility.
Insofar as the appearance of the new project was concerned, the architects took into account the relative proportions of voids and building mass and studied the colors and surfaces with respect to inside and outside perception, planned lighting levels and the use of natural ventilation. “We hope,” say the architects, “that this project will be a noteworthy example and even an inspiration for the inevitable transformation that the region is going through.”
*MIPIM Architectural Review Awards, Commended, 2009
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