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Monday, 7 March 2011

Europe’s tallest building unveiled in Istanbul


Dubbed the Istanbul Sapphire, it stands at 261m-high and cost $250 million. Located at the Istanbul's Levent main business district, it is strategically located in the middle of the city's central Besiktas, Etiler and Sisli districts.

The 64-storey Istanbul Sapphire is not just the tallest building in Turkey, it also takes the crown as first ecological building in Turkey.

The Sapphire is 368 meters above sea level and 238 meters above ground and has a structural height of 261 meters including its spire, which is part of the design.
It features 64 floors with 54 above-ground and 10 basement floors. It also includes communal living floors, six parking lots, a 35,000 square metre shopping mall, 22 different 174 dwellings and 47 floors for residences.

It was designed by Turkish architectural firm, Tabanlioglu Architecture and built by Biskon Construction, a subsidiary of the Kiler group of companies.

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