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Abdi Ibrahim Pharmaceuticals R&D Building

Dante O. Benini & Partners Architects

Asia | Istanbul

In 2003, leading Turkish pharmaceutical manufacturer Abdi Ibrahim renovated its headquarters: the production and research facilities, and management and sales offices. The Dante O. Benini & Partners Architects practice was in charge of the architectural and refurbishment project.
The R&D building is appropriately a dynamically contemporary structure with state-of-the-art plant and service incorporated into the building. Part of the 15,000 sq m volume over four levels is below ground. The building stands on a plot that natural forces seem to have crunched upwards to form a luxuriant south-facing sloping roof garden on which to walk.
The two underground levels go down to 12 m below street level. As a result the aboveground volume is fairly small: a dynamic, horizontally projected structure whose oblique curtain walling rises from the man-made hillock to meet at a sharp...

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