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Fairmont Quasar Istanbul - A Tale of Two Sisters

Wednesday 12th April, 2017
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Not only does Istanbul straddle the Bosphorus Strait, which is one of the world’s busiest waterways, but it was also the capital city for three distinct empires--Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman--making it the country's economic, cultural, and historic epicentre.

Located inside the Quasar Istanbul complex, this development features two 40-storey towers that sit atop a 4-storey office podium comprised of fitness facilities and luxury retail. The towers will house a Fairmont Hotel and Fairmont Residences as well as Quasar Residences and offices, which will be managed by Fairmont, the first Fairmont branded hotel in Istanbul. Quasar Istanbul is located on in the grounds of an old liquor factory in Mecidiyeköy. The project also comprises the restoration and refurbishment of the existing historic liquor factory. Its city garden will be turned into a new international cultural, art and fashion centre, complete with statues and historical sycamores. Designed by the French architect Robert Mallet Stevens as his sole masterpiece ever built outside France, the liquor factory will be re-built to be used as a museum and recreation centre. The state-of-the-art institution aims to inspire passion for learning and to become a powerful stimulus for the development of new ideas and relationships, promoting social progress and intellectual achievement.

This is the first project in Turkey awarded with the pre-certification of the German sustainable building certification DGNB (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen), with a Gold (top) rating. DGNB is a German system that assesses buildings and urban districts which demonstrate an outstanding commitment to meeting sustainability objectives together with the credits for art and culture.

The Hotel Concept by US based designers Wilson Associates

Fairmont Quasar is a tale of souls bound together through time; timeless yet modern. The hotel and serviced apartments are a story of two sisters representing New York and Paris, respectively. Istanbul straddles these two worlds providing a third component and the perfect stage for the sisters to converge and star in a performance of life, love, and expression. New York and Paris, the long-standing twin pillars of style, set the global standard for high design. Istanbul brings unique Turkish detail: references of local familiarity reflect a sense of place. Adding yet another layer, the historic liquor factory, designed by renowned architect Robert Mallet-Stevens, brings a sense of urban culture and industrial flair. These layers, merging to deliver one harmonious design concept, are the fundamental inspirations for Fairmont Quasar Istanbul. This is a tale of old and new souls, bound together through the ages.