Project: "Finansbank Headquarters Interiors"
Company:Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects
Designer(s): Henry N. Cobb and José Bruguera Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects, United States
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Entry Description: The Finansbank headquarters are housed in the emblematic Kristalkule tower at the heart of Istanbul’s new central business district. As the bank acquired the building late in construction, the primary design challenge for the architects —who designed the base building as well as interiors—was integrating the bank’s program and establishing its corporate identity through interior design. In addition to the 35-story glass-clad tower—housing the company’s 2,000 employees, executive offices, and boardroom—the bank occupies the 12-story office block to the west and three- story podium linking the two buildings, which together comprise the Kristalkule complex. Among its most significant interior spaces is the five-story sky garden in the crown of the main tower, while the podium is punctuated by a series of indoor and outdoor public spaces leading to a 245-seat auditorium, conference center, and other amenities. With common themes and details, the interiors unify this exceptionally diverse project.

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Pei Cobb Freed & Partners is an international architectural firm based in New York City. Across six decades of practice, we have produced an exceptionally diverse portfolio of work—in scale, program, purpose, and expression. We are widely recognized for our commitment to craft, our sophisticated sense of form, our attention to shaping the public realm, and our ability to navigate complex projects and sensitive contexts.