Pearl of Istanbul Master Plan

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A vibrant resort destination for locals, tourists, and business travelers situated outside the bustling city center of Istanbul, Turkey.

Located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Istanbul has long been an amalgam of cultures and a record of civilizations past and present. Today, Istanbul is undergoing a dramatic transformation. Expanding democracy, global investment, and abundant tourism are reshaping the region for generations. The Pearl of Istanbul is at the heart of this transformation. Envisioned by Turkey’s business and civic leaders and designed by the urban planning and architectural design team at LJC, the Pearl marks Istanbul’s rebirth as a global destination.

The development’s centerpiece is a marina comprised of a string of man-made islands. The islands are conceived as an alternative to a utilitarian seawall; they harmonize with and extend the region’s natural landscape. Changes in scale — from the monumental to the intimate — accommodate a variety of uses that will include nightlife and entertainment as well as family-friendly activities and academic marine research facilities. Connected by pathways and organized around a central “pearlescent” node, Pearl’s islands form a calm harbor with more than 500 boat slips and commercial terminals for cruise ships. In the inner harbor, floating islands reduce the impact on existing marine habitats and allow for future flexibility.

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Hattat Holdings


Istanbul, Turkey


103 Acres
1,660,000 SF


  • Architecture
  • Planning + Urban Design


2016 – ASLA St. Louis, Unbuilt Merit Award

2015 – ASLA Central States – Merit Award

2015 – ASLA IL – Unrealized Merit Award