JDS Architects reveals green
office complex for Istanbul

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News: JDS Architects has unveiled plans for an M-shaped office building with green terraces in the north of Turkey's largest city.

Called Premier Campus Office, the building will be located in the Kagithane district of Istanbul.

JDS Architects reveals green office complex for Istanbul

Julien De Smedt Architects has proposed a gently curving M-shaped plan topped with several levels of green terraces.

As well as offices, the building will offer shops and leisure activities on its ground floor.

JDS Architects reveals green office complex for Istanbul

"We've thought of a building where inside interacts with outside, where the plan is flexible to allow for anyone to find its desired space and place, whether it be a small one man show company or a large corporate office employing hundreds," the architects said.

The firm, which is based in Oslo, Copenhagen and Brussels, was selected from a shortlist that includes Dutch firm UNStudio and Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas.

JDS Architects reveals green office complex for Istanbul

Construction on the building will begin in June.

The firm's previous work includes a Danish housing development modelled on a cluster of icebergs and Holmenkollen ski jump in Oslo, Norway – see all architecture and design by JDS Architects.

JDS Architects reveals green office complex for Istanbul

Other projects in Turkey we've featured lately include an apartment building covered in timber louvres and shutters and plans for a museum at the site of the ancient city of Troy.

Here's some more information from the architects:


The Premier Campus Office in Kagithane is a business district that focuses on the users working and living qualities and addresses its presence in Istanbul as a new form of contextual and urban approach: The building is formed by our desire to make it interact with its environment. It opens itself up to the neighbourhood and offers spaces to the users and the passers by such as plazas, intimate gardens and generous terraces.

The volume of the block is literally carved out to invite the surroundings in. The local hilly landscape, characteristic to Istanbul, is continued in the meandering of the volume both in plan, adapting to the site's edges, and in section, weaving into itself in a series of gentle curving slopes, echoing the nearby Bosphorus waves. The vibrant commercial life of the ground floor burst out onto the plazas and the landscape. Upstairs the offices open out onto the green terraces, populated with lush vegetation, tempering the hot Springs and Summers. The volume reads clearly while still opening itself generously to the city from the far. As one gets closer the interiors become more discreet, protected by louvers that help shade from the sun.

The project acts as a catalyst of business life for a new Istanbul, that promotes contemporary culture, architecture and lifestyle. We’ve thought of a building where inside interacts with outside, where the plan is flexible to allow for anyone to find its desired space and place, whether it be a small one man show company or a large corporate office employing hundreds. We believe life is plural and various entities should coexist and exchange their experiences. The Premier Campus Office is where such a rich diversity can find its place.

Project: Commercial
Size: 100,000 sq m
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
JDS partner in charge: Julien De Smedt
Client: Feryapi
Team: DB Architects, Tavusbay-STATIK, Geodinamik, Dinamik Proje, Pozitif Proje
Project leader: Kamile Malinauskaite
Type: Invited competition
Status: Ongoing

  • VDK

    Well, let’s say it’s another letter-shaped building.

  • jos

    The building’s arms are unpleasantly close to each other.

    I never understood this kind of architecture anyway.

  • Robert

    This will become a city of 50,000 or more from nine to five during the working week. No doubt without its own fire department or other facilities requried by such a large complex.

    Where are all the cars, motor scooters and motorcycles that will fill the roads around these buildings? Traffic problems in the making. The roads are not designed to handle the traffic load. If the buildings were designed so people could both live, work, shop, eat and do other activites in the buildings, then the green concept would really exist.

  • ali

    JDS could not deal with the floor-area ratio of this area. I would not like to work in an office space like this. In a city like Istanbul, with great urban qualities, it is a pitty to have such an iconic and ego-oriented architecture. Architecture should not be careless.

  • urB

    Images and project: both out of focus!

  • Anonim

    Building on water reservoirs of İstanbul. How ecologic is that? Sounds more like commercial hypocrisy to me. (I suggest people who are interested in these projects to search about Cendere Valley, northern İstanbul water reserves and new developing status of Kağıthane).

    As a result of ‘the economic boom’ of Turkey, we are used to seeing these kind of scaleless, out-of-context design proposals everyday. But come on JDS, you are better than this.

  • what?

    The problem is not the architect but the client.

  • Andy

    I was wondering when offices were going to start Instagramming their renders.