Istanbul Sapphire

Istanbul Sapphire, or Sapphire, is a skyscraper located in the central business district of Levent in Istanbul, Turkey.

Istanbul Sapphire
Sapphire building 9010.jpg
A view of the tower from Büyükdere Avenue
General information
StatusComplete
TypeResidential
LocationBüyükdere Avenue, Levent, Istanbul, Turkey
Coordinates41°05′06″N 29°00′21″E / 41.08500°N 29.00583°E / 41.08500; 29.00583Coordinates: 41°05′06″N 29°00′21″E / 41.08500°N 29.00583°E / 41.08500; 29.00583
Opening4 March 2011[2]
CostUS$150,000,000
Height
Antenna spire261 m (856 ft)
Roof238 m (781 ft)
Technical details
Floor count54 (above ground)
10 (below ground)
64 (total)
Floor area165,139 m2 (1,777,540 sq ft)[1]
Design and construction
ArchitectTabanlıoğlu Architects
DeveloperKiler GYO
Other information
Public transit accessIstanbul Metro Line M2 4. Levent
References
[3]

It was Istanbul's and Turkey's tallest skyscraper between 2010 and 2016, and the 4th tallest building in Europe when its construction was completed in 2010.[3] Sapphire rises 54 floors above ground level, and has an above-ground roof height of 238 meters: the building has an overall structural height of 261 meters including its spire, which is part of the design and not a radio antenna.[3] Designed by Tabanlıoğlu Architects, it is a shopping and luxury residence mixed-use development managed by Kiler GYO.[3] It is also the country's first ecological skyscraper.

As of 2020, Istanbul Sapphire is the 4th tallest skyscraper in Istanbul and Turkey, behind Metropol Istanbul Tower 1[4][5][6][7][8][9][10] (70 floors / 301 metres including its twin spires) in the Ataşehir district on the Asian side of the city; and the Skyland Istanbul Towers 1 and 2[11][12] (2 x 65 floors / 284 metres), located adjacent to Türk Telekom Stadium in the Seyrantepe quarter of the Sarıyer district, on the European side.

History and architectureEdit

 
A view of Levent business district from the observation deck of Istanbul Sapphire at night
 
Elevator screen of Istanbul Sapphire

Istanbul Sapphire was designed by Tabanlıoğlu Architects as a high-tech structure which consists of 64 floors (54 above-ground and 10 basement floors), communal living floors, extensive parking spaces, a large shopping mall, and 47 floors for residential use.[3]

There are special floors with private gardens between every 3 floors, and every 9 floors are separated from each other by a communal living area or mechanical floors.[3] Design of the gardens are proposed with a number of alternatives and the consistency of garden maintenance is under the residence management company’s responsibility.

Turkey's deepest excavated construction pitEdit

The foundation pit excavated for the project – 42.5 meters deep – is the deepest foundation pit excavated for any structure in Turkey.

Construction workEdit

Construction of the project began in 2006 and was completed in 2010.[3] The building's official opening ceremony took place on 4 March 2011.[2]

The project is built on a land plot of 11,339 m2 (122,050 sq ft) and has an overall total construction area of 157,800 m2 (1,699,000 sq ft), which includes a 35,000 m2 (380,000 sq ft) shopping mall.

CompaniesEdit

The companies involved in the development and construction of the project have included thus far:

  • Kiler GYO (investor and developer)
  • Güney Turizm (Mustafa Tatlıcı, owner of the plot)
  • Biskon Yapı (construction subsidiary of Kiler Holding and the project's main construction company)
  • Demsar İnşaat (project's sub-contractor for the structural construction of the skyscraper)
  • Tabanlıoğlu Architects (the project's architectural design firm)
  • Ruscheweyh Consult GmbH (consulting firm with expertise in wind loads on buildings and structures)

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sapphire Tower". Skyscraper Center. CTBUH. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Emlak Haberleri: "Istanbul Sapphire 4 Mart'ta açılıyor"". Archived from the original on 2011-03-08. Retrieved 2011-03-03.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Emporis: Istanbul Sapphire
  4. ^ "The Metropol Tower, Istanbul". emporis.com. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Image of Metropol Istanbul Towers". aremas.net. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Image of Metropol Istanbul Towers".
  7. ^ "Image of Metropol Istanbul Towers and the Ataşehir district". Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  8. ^ "Aerial (drone) view of Metropol Istanbul".
  9. ^ "Aerial (drone) view of Metropol Istanbul".
  10. ^ "Metropol Istanbul".
  11. ^ "Skyland Istanbul".
  12. ^ "Image of Skyland Istanbul Towers".

External linksEdit

Preceded by
İşbank Tower 1
Tallest Building in Istanbul
2010—2017
261 m
Succeeded by
Skyland Residence Tower
Preceded by
İşbank Tower 1
Tallest Building in Turkey
2010—2017
261 m
Succeeded by
Skyland Residence Tower