The Renaissance Tower is a new 36-story, Class-A office building located on the Anatolian side of Istanbul, Turkey. Occupying an “edge-city” context at the intersection of two major highways that connect the continent, the tower’s chiseled, sculptural massing takes cues from Ottoman geometric motifs and local landforms. The tower is rotated 33 degrees for optimum solar control, and features a solar responsive stippled golden scrim attached to its curtain wall. This second skin coveys the spirit and aura of “The East” while further reducing heat load–a perfect fusion of environmental performance and ornament. Three groupings of two-story “sky-gardens” are strategically integrated at key exposures in the building to provide a thermal buffer between exterior/interior, access to fresh air and a respite for occupants. A larger exterior garden crowns the tower with a weaving of plantings and architectural elements, while the base of the building includes several public amenities, such as retail, varied gardens, and a piazza. The project is on track for LEED Gold certification. Construction begins in early 2012.