ISTANBUL, TURKEY—Akasya, an iconic mixed-use development in Istanbul recently celebrated its grand opening. It was designed by design/planning/architecture firm DDG.
Featuring a combination of “contemporary sensibilities and traditional lines which embody both the energy and complexities of an evolving Istanbul cityscape,” Akasya transforms the site of a former Ford factory into a dramatic residential and retail destination, according to DDG chairman, CEO, and president Ahsin Rasheed.
“Akasya’s overall presentation reinforces a vision of a vibrant new destination, a standout residential, lifestyle, and retail option with a combination of breathtaking visuals and first-class amenities that will set new standards for Istanbul development,” notes Rasheed.
DDG was responsible for the 45-acre master plan, the concept and schematic design of the residential and retail architecture, the project identity, and the environmental graphics for Akasya, which includes a total of 860,800 square feet of retail space, 1,580 residential units, and parking for 5,500 cars.
Akasya is anchored by a large, elliptical landscaped park, surrounded by shops, restaurants, and pedestrian pathways which create a natural transition between the project’s residential components and its retail and entertainment center to the south.
Residential offerings at Akasya include high-rise residential towers anchoring the northern and southern ends of the project. The dramatic southern tower – a “beacon” which can be seen from some distance – sits atop the shopping center and creates a visual and conceptual sight-corridor into the heart of the project from adjacent highways linking Asian and European Istanbul. Additional mid-rise residential options offer dedicated luxury facilities and present stunning views and sightlines.
Akaysa’s three-level shopping center features a first-floor hypermarket and a dedicated level of entertainment options, including a cinema and a family entertainment tenant (Kidzania’s first entertainment venture in Turkey), and access to remarkable rooftop gardens.
“Green initiatives feature prominently throughout Akasya,” Rasheed explains. In addition to extensive landscaping throughout the project, Akasya features rooftop gardens that are residential amenity space and adorn the cylindrical retail mall, with planted terraces overlooking the shopping center’s food court.
Akasya also integrates smoothly with nearby road networks and the highways that divide and define the site, according to Rasheed. By bringing the new north/south road under Akasya’s central park, the project retains its cohesive presentation and exhibits a unified presence.
DDG, based in Baltimore, is recognized as an industry leader, with a reputation for producing quality, innovative, and visionary design for more than three decades. Among the company’s many highly successful, award-winning commercial endeavors are Istanbul, Turkey’s Istinye Park, Pondok Indah in Jakarta, and the award-winning Portales retail project in Guatemala City.