Flexible and attractive working environment
Yapi Kredi Bank, one of Turkey’s largest private banks, established its new operation center in 1997 on a Greenfield site 50km from Istanbul, to provide a attractive and technologically state of-the-art working environment for its staff.
The building is flexible and capable of adapting to the bank’s quickly-changing needs. Burhan Karaçam, President of Yapi Kredi Bank, says:
The Operations Center Complex undertakes an enormous mission in transforming the efficiency of our Bank to an extraordinary level.
Wide scope of work for Arup
Arup was appointed as prime agent, heading a design team which included the architects and Arup for structural design, building services, fit-out, façade, information technology and communications, security, fire, landscaping, infrastructure, acoustics and project management.
Arup performed masterplanning, design and project management and supervision of construction for the operation centre, on a site of 230,000m2.
In 1998, Arup performed project management and supervision of construction for two additional blocks of office buildings of 7,000m² floor area for the operation centre complex.
The project has been eligible for several international architectural and engineering awards including the 'Millenium Products Award' by United Kingdom Design Council.
As I approached the complex, I could see as an engineer that this was a masterpiece of architecture and engineering.