US-based architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has unveiled the design of a pair of 40-storey and 46-storey towers that will serve as the new headquarters for Ziraat Bank in Istanbul, Turkey.
The 400,000m² Ziraat Bank headquarters will be the centrepiece of the new Istanbul International Financial Centre (IIFF).
KPF worked with local architects A Tasarim Mimarlik and planners KKS to design the new headquarters.
The towers will be linked at the base by a large plinth, designed to provide a public area around the outside of the buildings.
KPF said the design was inspired by the site’s rich architectural context and that the new complex will reflect the corporate image of financial service buildings.
The firm added that the design was inspired by the cultural heritage of Turkey and its historical buildings. The structure’s silhouette is intended to distinguish it from the neighbouring buildings in the future master plan.
ArchDaily reported that the towers and their facades display geometrical patterns and symbols of the Ottoman Empire, including the Tugra, the seal of the Sultan.
Image: The 40-storey and 46-storey towers will serve as the new headquarters for Ziraat Bank. Photo: courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.