Altunizade University

Istanbul, N/A / Turkey

Turkey's leading private healthcare system, Acibadem, is remaking urban healthcare in the region. Altunizade, a proposed 77,500 SM hospital, is sited in a high-density community of historic Istanbul. Integrating into the city's fabric was a priority for Acibadem, as was responding to topography.

The design embraces both the natural and built environments while articulating Altunizade's complex program, which combines outpatient and inpatient services. The facility's striking form results from manipulating a number of considerations, including program adjacencies, access to views, and a dramatic change of grade. Marking the public entry -- and public functions -- is a bold, crystalline form that houses the outpatient facility. As the landscape slopes down, the 200-bed inpatient tower pushes up from the hillside, its walls more finely textured to suggest the interior program. The wings are connected by a multi-level plinth, which traces building contour and resolves into multiple entry canopies. Rendered in earthy, anti-microbial copper, the plinth grounds the building in the hillside and replenishes, at its upper level, green space for patients and caregivers. Inside and out, a restrained palette of stone, wood, and copper is juxtaposed against expanses of glass: an homage to Istanbul's rich cultural heritage and its ongoing transformation.

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) 658-0747

General contractor

acibadem project management
Büyükdere Cad. No:40
istanbul, NA 34457, turkey
Phone: 0212 367 88 88


Cemel emden
Mehtap Sokak 14/15 Caddebostan
Istanbul, NA 34457, turkey
Phone: 90 532 213 33 4