Gensler, Istanbul, Turkey

Winning theme park bid is Turkish delight for Gensler

Gensler has won a design and planning competition for Istanbul Theme Park, a mixed-use development in Turkey’s largest city.

MESA Housing Industries will develop the 150ha site with a range of residential, office, retail, and hospitality facilities, including 150 acres of open spaces and parks and the region’s first theme park.

“This is a master planning project that essentially creates a city within a city, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it,” says Marty Borko, principal and leader of Gensler’s mixed use practice.

Tom Sze, design director and senior associate in Gensler’s Los Angeles office, added: “As the plan developed, we kept both new and old in mind.

“We’re incorporating best practices around planning, design and sustainability — building around existing transportation routes, maximising proximity and views to the lake, creating dynamic open spaces — while respecting the region’s rich history and culture.”