Ice Tower

Istanbul

2012

20.000 m²


Situated slightly on a corner plot along a major transport route of the city, Ice Tower unveils a distinct design vocabulary. The project grasps the significance of its strategic location and embodies several innovations. Along with its identical stand which evokes a lantern feeling during the night, Ice Tower searches for an originality for the nearby urban fabric. Creating niches and nodes at street level where pedestrians easily access, Ice Tower contributes to provide a public space for the city as well. The design reaches up 20.000 sq.m in size and distinguishes itself as being domestic in scale comparing to those ambitiously rising up in nearby, yet strong with its impression. Transparent and translucent features amalgamate and se an “urban tulle” which is likely to be a fine addition to ongoing massive building process around the area. Smooth and continuous lines manifest a sculptural precision and stained glass windows in certain places create a colored depth. Delicate slats modulate the light and the design itself conjures up the image of an ice as its surface subtly distributes the daylight with a constantly changing view. Ice Tower explores the idea that proportions affects the perception, but the light and material gives the impression.