Turkiye Is Bankasi
Banking on Light
Istanbul, Turkey

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Established at the close of the Ottoman Empire, the national bank of Turkey decided to relocate its headquarters from the capital city of Ankara to Istanbul. Hillier designed interiors for this new 42-story tower. A 3-story Banking Hall includes an open atrium that is capped by a custom designed, rear-lit clerestory to suggest a skylight. The public areas of the bank, such as the teller windows and semi-private customer service offices, are located on the ground floor. The upper floors house the more secure and private functions of the bank. The Executive Meeting Floor consists of one large conference room with reception and waiting areas, a library/meeting room and six medium conference rooms. At the top of the tower is the 30-foot high Reception Hall; its soaring interior space frames dramatic views of the city.

A place for art


The Exhibition Gallery holds the bank’s extensive private collection of paintings and Turkish sculptures. The artwork hangs on a stainless steel grid; the sculptures are placed within curved glass and stainless steel vitrines and atop stone pedestals. An 800-seat theater incorporates custom-designed panels on the side walls that rotate electronically to adjust the acoustics for all types of performances.