US-based REX Architecture has completed the Vakko Fashion Centre and Power Media Centre corporate headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey.
The scheme, built on an unfinished hotel site, has been transformed using Rex’s adaptive-architectural re-use approaches to create the new building.
The structure will feature offices, showrooms, conference rooms, auditorium spaces, television studios, radio production facilities and screening rooms.
Retaining the existing hotel’s skeleton, Rex divided the projects into two independent components.
The U-shaped concrete skeleton, completed by a fourth side, is called the Ring and it features office spaces. Within the Ring’s centre, a new six-floor steel tower, named the Showcase, features an auditorium, showrooms, meeting rooms and executive offices.
Rex said it designed a set of steel boxes that could be assembled in a number of configurations for the Showcase structure keeping in mind space use requirements, code restrictions and a circulation path .
The scheme features a transparent thin glass façade for the Ring with a structural “X” on each pane to increase the glass’s strength. The Showcase is clad in mirror-glass, cloaking the steel boxes with a mirage-like exterior.