Project of the Week: Mandarin Oriental Etiler, Istanbul

by | 11 Jan 2021 | Projects

Mandarin Oriental Etiler, Istanbul is one of Turkey’s most ambitious hospitality schemes (Photos: UNStudio)

Consisting of architecturally impressive towers amid lush landscaped gardens, this UNStudio-designed Mandarin Oriental scheme has been crowned our Project of the Week.

Now aiming to make its debut in early 2023, Mandarin Oriental Etiler, Istanbul will bring luxury hospitality and lavish residences to an upscale neighbourhood in Turkey’s largest city. We find out what plans have been revealed so far.

Etiler’s prestigious new development

Owned and developed by Astaș Holding and Yapi & Yapi, this forthcoming Mandarin Oriental property will comprise three standalone towers in the residential area of Etiler. Two of these towers will house 251 branded residences, while the other will be home to a luxurious new Mandarin Oriental hotel.

This five-star hotel will be made up of 158 guest rooms and suites alongside 16 serviced apartments. Leisure facilities here will include three restaurants and bars, a spa and fitness centre offering Mandarin Oriental’s wellness programmes, and both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Moreover, a series of meeting spaces with outdoor areas and terraces will host both business and leisure events.

The residences, which promise to be some of the most exclusive homes in the city, will provide access to extensive private gardens, as well as the hotel’s services and facilities.

A memorable urban oasis

This project impresses with its striking design. UNStudio was chosen to come up with the masterplan and architecture for the landmark development, which altogether spans 216,740 sq m. The trio of towers merges with lush green landscaped gardens, and these are joined by a three-storey commercial plinth comprising retail, office space and other public amenities.

Through this mixed-use scheme, UNStudio aims to reflect the contemporary lifestyle of both local and international people in the vibrant metropolis. The starting point was to create a garden that provides a unique experience for guests, residents and the neighbourhood. This landscaped area covering 31,885 sq m became the reference point for the whole design, accentuating spaciousness and connectivity, and extending up the towers via multiple garden terraces.

The design of the towers places the focus on sustainability, with structures that are designed to have minimal impact on the surrounding neighbourhood and a sculpted form that creates a fanning effect, further enhancing the buildings’ connection to the gardens. Eye-catching views are ensured on all sides thanks to the sweeping glass facade.

It’s expected that the design-led property will open in the first quarter of 2023.

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is an international hotel investment and management group with deluxe and first-class hotels, resorts and residences in sought-after destinations around the world.



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