Innovative three-story destination to feature rooftop street-level shopping
ANNAPOLIS, Md. December 01, 2014– Annapolis, Md.-based Roy Higgs International, LLC, a premier provider of architectural design services, announced today that the firm has been retained to design the retail portion of Metropol Istanbul, a global mixed-use project and architectural landmark of Istanbul that is rising within the borders of the Istanbul International Financial Center in Atasehir.
“Metropol Istanbul will breathe new life into this vibrant city, elevating its architectural significance,” stated Elif Ozbay, design manager for Metropol Istanbul. “We selected Roy to design the retail center as a result of his extensive international experience as a master planner and designer, and his impactful work on industry-changing projects in Istanbul and around the world. We’re confident that his retail design will integrate seamlessly with Metropol Istanbul’s mix of superior residential apartments, offices, world-class shopping and international dining facilities.”
Metropol Istanbul is one of the largest mixed-use properties in Turkey, constructed on 100,000 square meters (1 million square feet) of premium land, the Metropol Tower—one of the tallest structures in Europe—and luxury residential with more than 1,200 apartments. In addition, the retail development will feature three stories of exclusive retail, with a 400-meter (4,000-foot) long rooftop retail street, an international health spa and a 16-theater cinema. The total construction area exceeds 700,000 square meters (approximately 7 million square feet).
“I’m delighted to be involved with a project that is as innovative and exciting as Metropol Istanbul, and honored to work with the talented individuals at VARYAP and Gap Insaat” said Higgs. “Without a doubt, Metropol Istanbul will be the premier shopping and entertainment destination in Istanbul, and I’m energized by the opportunity to design an important portion of a development that is truly setting new industry standards.”
Metropol Istanbul is developed by VARYAP and Gap In?aat, a joint venture of two leading construction companies of Turkey in collaboration with Emlak Konut REIT, a government subsidiary of the Housing Development Administration of Turkey (TOKI). The project will provide a unique combination of prestigious living and working spaces, all sustained by direct sunlight, natural layouts and easy access from the main roads. RMJM, one of the world’s most successful architectural offices, is at the helm of the conceptual design along with HYDER, lending superior engineering knowledge.
Founded in 2012, Roy Higgs International, LLC, has rapidly emerged as one of the premier providers of architectural design services in the industry. The Maryland-based firm delivers development advisory services for retail, entertainment, leisure/resort, office, residential, and mixed-use projects in cities across the United States and around the globe.
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