Simultaneous Global Walking from CTBUH All Over the World

DateSeptember-October 2018 Print

CTBUH, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, organized walking tours of tall buildings for the representatives of the building sector with an event called "Walking on Water" on August 2, 2018, which was held all over the world.

The CTBUH, who regularly organizes tours, has focused on the theme "Walking on Water" this year and provided an opportunity for guests to explore the waterfronts and other natural settings around the world. Turner International and Arup companies hosted the Istanbul part of event, which was held simultaneously in 23 planned cities around the world, including Brisbane, Chicago, Colombo, Istanbul, Montreal, Ottawa, Paris, San Jose, Sofia, Sydney, Taipei and Toronto.

Our first stop in the event to which Elevator World Turkey was invited was Emaar Square the Address Hotel & Residences, which rises in Üsküdar Ünalan district. Onur Akar, the authorized engineer of Turner International Company, welcomed his guests here, and briefed them about the building. Then, the guest committee entered into the site after putting on the necessary personal protective equipment. The group, who took the construction elevator established on the exterior of the 50-storey Emaar North Tower, first went to the 47th floor, and then went up the stairs to the 48th floor and had the opportunity to see the unique view of Istanbul. Turner Engineer Onur Akar answered the guests' questions by informing them about the whole project. Akar stated that “the pouring of the concrete is still continuing on the top coat of the Emaar North Tower, and they plan to complete it in 2019, following the internal arrangements.”

In total, there are 1,072 houses in the complex with a construction area of 800 thousand m2, a 140 thousand m2 shopping mall and 40 thousand m2 leasable office floors. The first 10 floors of the tower are planned as a hotel. Along the floors there are two technical section floors, two pool floors, service departments, residences and a restaurant on the 48th floor.

After a group photo was taken on the 48th floor, the group moved to Çiftçi Towers, which was designed by Arup Company in Zincirlikuyu.

In coordination with ARUP Project Manager Harika Uyanık Tanrılı, the group, which had catering break in one of the Çiftçi Towers buildings, was given general information about the buildings.

It was stated that in the Çiftçi Towers, which were built as two 45-storey residence towers, the first 10 floors of the first tower were designed as independent offices, and the remaining floors and the whole of second tower were designed as the residences. In addition, in the project in which a 60,000 m2 shopping mall is planned, there is a helicopter pad on each of the towers.

After the break, the group had the opportunity to visit the sample flats on the 33rd floor of the Tower No. 1. In this place, the group had the opportunity to view the unique beauty of the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara, and lastly visited the shopping mall under construction. The tour to Çiftçi Towers, located at the intersection of metro, metrobus and highway access, ended with the taking of a group photo.