BALTIMORE, March 8, 2010 — Roy Higgs, CEO of Baltimore-based planning, architecture, graphics and design firm Development Design Group Inc. (DDG), announced today that his firm has been appointed Design Architect for the Mall of Istanbul, a nearly 4-million-square-foot mixed-use retail project, by the owner/developer Torunlar Gayrimenkul Yatirim Ortakligi A.S.
Located in Istanbul, Turkey, the 3.9-million-square-foot (363,000-square-meter) mixed-use development is comprised of an over 2.7-million-square-foot (258,000-square-meter) shopping center, residential towers, offices, hotel and parking. The four-level interior mall features a large entertainment area and a variety of large retail anchors.
An important part of the concept is the creation of an open-air shopping street, fronted with restaurants and cafes that complements the city’s heritage and offers a community gathering place for festivals and promotions.
The design will recognize and compliment the culture and heritage of this unique city currently on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Well located on the North West side of Istanbul in the Ikitelli region, the Mall of Istanbul enjoys direct access off the TEM highway. Convenient parking is provided via two levels directly under the project.
Construction is planned this year and slated for completion in phases by 2012.
Development Design Group Inc. is a leading international architecture, planning, graphics and design firm with a history of creating high-profile, high-quality environments around the world. The company’s vast portfolio includes exciting new retail and entertainment concepts; first-class hotel, leisure, and resort facilities; unique office and residential designs; and large mixed-use destinations offering a range of elements and activities. DDG specializes in themed environments, entertainment/retail, regional planning, waterfront development, urban and suburban revitalization, specialty center development, and creative concept generation for land use and project feasibility.