Just yesterday, architecture firm RMJM announced plans for a $1 billion, landmark green project for the Atasehir district of Istanbul, Turkey.  The Varyap Meridian development is slated for a new residential and business district — and just might transform into a new financial district for Turkey.  Of course, the buildings will each seek LEED certification, and if obtained, it could be the first green development of its kind in the country. 


Th 372,000 square meter development will sit on a site of 107,000 square meters and includes a 60-story tower, 1,500 residential units, a five-star hotel, offices, conference facilities, parking facilities, and landscaped public areas. 

As massive as the project is, it's planned to be completed in 2011. 

The buildings will have unprecedented, panoramic views while minimizing the solar heat gain.  And according to Building Design + Construction, some of the following green technology will be used: "rainwater collection sites and facilities to optimize water usage and reduce energy consumption, wind turbine technology, cooling water pools that enhance the external landscape, and a co-generation plant that will produce electricity for the development."




Rendering credits: RMJM.