Acibadem University

Istanbul, N/A / Turkey

As Istanbul reestablishes itself as a global center, its institutions are keeping apace. Acibadem Healthcare Group, Turkey's leading private healthcare provider, is rethinking the basics: caregiver education. At Acibadem University, a 60,000 SM facility in central Istanbul, the paradigm has shifted to a team approach, in which doctors and nurses share a single facility.

The integrated model is apparent in this urban campus. Including residential, recreational, dining, research, and learning functions stacked into a compact footprint, the campus spans five interconnected buildings set back from a street and oriented around a central green space. The program moves from most private (residential) to most public (academic) as the campus unfolds. Rich hues of terra-cotta signal private uses. As it recedes, terra-cotta becomes a grille before giving way entirely, in academic areas, to a shimmering facade of dichroic glass. A dynamic composition of stepped volumes, wrapped in colorful glass, the facade honors the city's multilayered past and echoes the bustle of its streets.

Counterpunctual to the excitement are moments of pause and reflection. Balconies supply needed privacy. Intimate spaces inside the stately library facilitate focused learning. And plentiful green spaces, along with projecting facade elements, blur the lines between inside and outside.

Architect of record

Lina Mimarlik
Lina Architecture
Büyükdere Cd. Darüssafaka Mh. No:40
Maslak - Istanbul, NA 34000, Turkey
Phone: 90 212 276 55 0

Associate architect

Erik Andersen
Forum Studio
35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1300
chicago, il 60601
Phone: (312) 884-8015

General contractor

Acibadem Project Management
Büyükdere Cad. No:40
MASLAK, NA 34457, Turkey
Phone: 0212 367 88 88


Cemel Emden
Mehtap Sokak 14/15
Istanbul, NA 34000, Turkey
Phone: 90 532 213 33 4