Zorlu Center

photographed by Aras Burak © 2014
Location: 

İstanbul, Turkey

Design: 

2007-2008

Construction: 

2008-2014

Lifespan: 

2014 - 

Architect: 

Emre Arolat / EAA

Murat Tabanlioglu, Melkan Gursel Tabanlioglu / Tabanlioglu



Residences, Shopping Mall and Office building in Zincirlikuyu district of Istanbul. An international design competition with invite was organised in 2008 with the pairing of best local firms with well known architecture practices all around the world.


The design partnerships formed for this competition were:
  • Arquitectonica 
  • Mario Botta 
  • Cafer Bozkurt Mimarlık Ltd. + Asp Architekten Stuttgart Ortaklığı 
  • EAA - Emre Arolat Architects 
  • Gregotti Associati International spa + ARUP Turkey / Arup Italia Srl Konsorsiyumu 
  • Has Mimarlık Ltd. + Llewelyn Davies Yeang Konsorsiyumu 
  • ERA Şehircilik Mimarlık Ltd. 
  • Coop Himmelblau + Uras & Dilekçi Architects Konsorsiyumu 
  • Steven Holl Architects 
  • SUTE Ltd. 
  • Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP 
  • Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects 
  • Tabanlıoğlu Mimarlık Ltd. 
  • Selim Velioğlu / seMiMARLIK Konsorsiyumu
However, Cesar Pelli, Mario Botta and Steven Holl turned down the opportunity and never submitted for the competition.

The competition jury decided to ask two finalists, Emre Arolat Architects and Tabanlioglu Architects to collaborate and propose a new building combining both of their proposals.

Mehmet Konuralp's listed design for one of the first skyscrapers of Turkey, Karayolları Headquarters building was demolished during the construction. 



Apple Store
photographed by Aras Burak © 2014

Designed by Foster + Partners of United Kingdom, the first official Apple Store of Turkey was built in the courtyard of Zorlu Center.