Istinye Park is a shopping center in the İstinye quarter of Istanbul, Turkey with 291 stores, 85,250 m2 of retail area, and four levels of underground parking.
The center features both enclosed and open-air sections. The open-air section has a green central park and offers street-side shopping.
The center includes an authentic Turkish food bazaar- a traditional market place, inspired by Turkish architecture and history.
Design and layout
Interior of shopping center
Istinye Park has a gross area of 242,000 m2.
There are three distinct sections present in the building:
- The Grand Rotunda is a central entertainment space, consisting of a four level arena-like space beneath a scalloped/segmented shell. It is supported by a central exterior mast over 3 panoramic elevators. The 75-meter-diameter hard-shell canopy encloses a 9 m diameter vertically moving stage. The Rotunda also features kinetic water sculptures animated with lights and music.
- The Lifestyle Center is an open-air town square incorporating a green central park and Fashion District – the glass-roofed indoor retail area.
- The Bazaar area is distinguished from the rest of the center with its historical Turkish styling- each facade has been inspired by Turkish architecture and history.
The project design was led by US architect, Tom Kelley while working at Development Design Group Inc., based in Baltimore. The design period -from conceptual, schematic, to development- lasted for about a year. Ömerler Mimarlik, based in Istanbul
, drafted construction drawings and handled implementation. The construction period went on for 26 months- from the first lay of foundation until the grand opening. From the first sketch to the completion of the project, it took (2004–2007) 3 years in total.
City buses number 29, 29B, 29P, 29S, 40B, 42, EL1, EL2 provides access to the center.