ATASEHIR, Istanbul—US architectural firm Roy HiggsInternational has been retained to design the retailportion of Metropol Istanbul, a global mixed-useproject and architectural landmark of Istanbul that is risingwithin the borders of the Istanbul International FinancialCenter in Atasehir.

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“Metropol Istanbul will breathe new life into this vibrant city,elevating its architectural significance,” stated ElifOzbay, design manager for Metropol Istanbul. “We selectedRoy to design the retail center as a result of his extensiveinternational experience as a master planner and designer, and hisimpactful work on industry-changing projects in Istanbul and aroundthe world. We're confident that his retail design will integrateseamlessly with Metropol Istanbul's mix of superior residentialapartments, offices, world-class shopping and international diningfacilities.”

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Metropol Istanbul is one of the largest mixed-use properties inTurkey, constructed on 100,000 square meters (1million square feet) of premium land, the Metropol Tower—one of thetallest structures in Europe—and luxury residential with more than1,200 apartments. In addition, the retail development will featurethree stories of exclusive retail, with a 400-meter (4,000-foot)long rooftop retail street, an international health spa and a16-theater cinema. The total construction area exceeds 700,000square meters (approximately 7 million square feet).

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“I'm delighted to be involved with a project that is asinnovative and exciting as Metropol Istanbul, and honored to workwith the talented individuals at VARYAP andGap Insaat” said Higgs. “Without a doubt, MetropolIstanbul will be the premier shopping and entertainment destinationin Istanbul, and I'm energized by the opportunity to design animportant portion of a development that is truly setting newindustry standards.”

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Metropol Istanbul is developed by VARYAP and Gap Insaat, a jointventure of two leading construction companies of Turkey incollaboration with Emlak Konut REIT, agovernment subsidiary of the Housing DevelopmentAdministration of Turkey (TOKI). The project will providea unique combination of prestigious living and working spaces, allsustained by direct sunlight, natural layouts and easy access fromthe main roads. RMJM, one of the world's most successfularchitectural offices, is at the helm of the conceptual designalong with HYDER, lending superior engineering knowledge.

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Founded in 2012, Roy Higgs International, LLC, has rapidlyemerged as one of the premier providers of architectural designservices in the industry. The Maryland-based firm deliversdevelopment advisory services for retail, entertainment,leisure/resort, office, residential, and mixed-use projects incities across the United States and around the globe.

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David Phillips

David Phillips is a Chicago-based freelance writer and consultant with more than 20 years experience in business and community news. He also has extensive reporting experience in the food manufacturing industry for national trade publications.