FASHION AND MEDIA FIRM HEADQUARTERS, ISTANBUL


VAKKO FASHION CENTER

EREZ ELLA AS  PRINCIPLE AT REX

Status
Complete
Year
2007
Location
Istanbul, Turkey
program
Headquarters

The Vakko Fashion Center and Power Media Center transformed the abandoned skeleton of an unfinished hotel project in Istanbul to create one of the most significant new additions to Turkey’s contemporary architectural landscape.

 

The structure serves as corporate headquarters of Vakko, Turkey’s preeminent fashion house, including offices, showrooms, conference rooms and auditorium spaces. The headquarters for Power Media, includes television studios, radio production facilities and screening rooms. The existing “U-shaped” concrete skeleton is dubbed the Ring, and contains conventional, flexible office space. At the Ring’s center, a new six-floor steel tower—named the Showcase—contains unique programs, including an auditorium, showrooms, meeting rooms and executive offices, as well as all vertical circulation and restrooms. The structure was separated into these two independent components.
A beautiful and refined architectural image was created to maintain Vakko’s public profile, by designing an exceptionally transparent and thin glass façade for the Ring. By embossing a structural “X” into each pane to increase the glass’s strength, the glass’s thickness was reduced and the need for perimeter mullions was eliminated. The Showcase, meanwhile, is clad in mirror-glass, enlivening the building’s interior to kaleidoscopic effect.

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A beautiful and refined architectural image was created to maintain Vakko’s public profile, by designing an exceptionally transparent and thin glass façade for the Ring. By embossing a structural “X” into each pane to increase the glass’s strength, the glass’s thickness was reduced and the need for perimeter mullions was eliminated. The Showcase, meanwhile, is clad in mirror-glass, enlivening the building’s interior to kaleidoscopic effect.

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