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The Anatolian Side's Most Aspirational Project

The launch of Akasya represents the most aspirational project of both the Anatolian Side and Istanbul as a whole, presenting its guests with the most renowned brands from Turkey and around the world and boasting a pleasant shopping experience, myriad social living options, a 10,000-m2 park, and easy access to the metro, metrobus, and Marmaray.

Featuring 80,000 square meters of leasable area, Akasya stands out by featuring Turkey’s leading brands as well as world-famous brands and restaurants that are embarking on the Turkish retail market for the first time. For those who love street shopping, there is plenty of daylight in the spacious Bağdat Street-inspired corridors with 30-meter high skylights. Fifteen movie theaters, including Europe's largest and most state-of-the-art IMAX theater, and the 10,000-m2 Akasya Park opened their doors in 2014.

Akasya Acıbadem Features for the First Time

Akasya brings a fresh breath of air to the world of luxury fashion and entertainment with Hamleys, the world’s first-ever big toy store, the first and only Apple Store on the Anatolian side, Victoria’s Secret, opening its first full-line store, including the Pink Collection, world-famous Italian ready-to-wear brand Hogan, Under Armour, world-renowned sportswear brand, Michael Kors,Tod’s with its only store on the Anatolian Side,Ladurée, Zuhal Müzik, Tory Burch, Maje, Longchamp, Dr.Martens 1st flagship store, Iro, Sandro Paris, Guess;, Marella, Weekend by Max Mara, Bee Goddess, Brooks Brothers, Home of Scents, EA7 as well as Burberry with its biggest store on the Anatolian Side.

The shopping mall is also home to leading brands in the ready-to-wear, health, beauty, cosmetic, shoe, hand bag, accessory, home decor, restaurant, and hypermarket sectors.

World's #1 Children's Republic KidZania at Akasya

KidZania plays host to children aged 4-14 at Akasya in a 10,000-m2 area. Proven as the world's biggest "education and entertainment" brand, KidZania is the creator of the "Edutainment" concept, educating children across the world while letting them have fun.

The only award-winning and fast-growing children’s brand KidZania Republic of Exploration and Entertainment is a safe, unique, and realistic world for children aged 4-14, allowing them to learn while role-playing on a thematic indoor park scaled to their size.

At KidZania, children get to pick from more than 90 roles in various levels and choose any profession they like in relation to their own skills and interests on over 60 activity areas. After selecting a profession of their choice, children put work clothes on and get to work after receiving a briefing about the subject.

KidZania is an all-around world for children with its fire station, bank, hospital, supermarket, stadium, and archaeology museum.

Fun Entertainment at Akasya

Akasya offers its guest not only planned events, exhibitions, and a variety of shows, but also a fun and fresh living space in exclusivity, as well as opportunities for new experiences.

Akasya is distinguished with its shopping, in addition to its culture and arts events. It delights guests with a mixture of concerts & events.

During the course of the year, Akasya hosted countless celebrities from the world of literature, music, and so on. So far this year, Sertab Erener, Candan Erçetin, Ayhan Sicimoğlu, IMA, Kürşat Başar-Jale-İlhan Şeşen, Los Vivancos, Kenan Doğulu, and Zuhal Olcay have given concerts, İncesaz, Itri & Bach, İsmail Hakkı Demircioğlu, Erkan Oğur and Göksel Baktagir have taken to the stage at the Akasya Park, and Akasya Park Cinema welcomed movie lovers in the evenings.

Akasya celebrated 4th year anniversary in March 2018 with prominent names and groups making appearance in events ranging from ballet performances to literature discussions.

Warm talks took place on cold winter days at "Akasya Conversations" events, dealing with diverse culture and arts issues with participation from surprise guests. Everything about literature, sports, health, and daily life was put on the table for Akasya guests during conversations hosted by famous personalities.

Many notable experts in their fields, including award-winning and popular writers, and cherished journalists and columnists, joined the conversations held in January 2015. Prominent personalities, including Ferzan Özpetek, Coşkun Aral, Ayşe Arman, Taylan Kümeli, Arda Türkmen, Güven İslamoğlu, Nebil Özgentürk and Sunay Akın, Seda Sakacı, Ali Poyrazoğlu, Alev Özderici, Ayhan Sicimoğlu, Canan Tan, Enver Aysever, Ayşe Arman, and Yekta Kopan were guests at the bi-monthly and now traditional Akasya Conversations. Akasya Conversations continue in 2017 as Akasya Culture and Arts (AKS) Conversations.

Movie Delight at Akasya

Akasya movie theaters are designed in a modern and comfortable setting in line with technological developments. Movie enthusiast are in for a treat at Akasya, which features 15 movie theaters, including a cutting-edge-technology IMAX theater boasting Europe’s largest screen, with distinctive designs in parallel with the shopping concepts.

AKASYA CULTURE AND ARTS (AKS)

Art lovers enjoy a new culture and arts center in the form of AKS at Akasya.

Following its launch in June 2016, AKS has made its mark in Istanbul's arts and culture circles in no time.

AKS has flourished in the arts and culture scene of Istanbul after it opened its doors at Akasya on June 10. With programs focused on diverse areas of art, AKS is one of the newest and most entertaining venues on Istanbul’s Anatolian Side. It hosts sold-out theater plays, acoustic sessions, as well as contemporary art exhibits, music sessions, and conversations throughout the year.

The Akasya Shopping Mall offers a delightful shopping experience and an extensive variety of social activities. As such, its contributions to the world of arts and culture got crowned with a meaningful award. Founded by Akasya and the host of prominent theater plays and myriad concerts, the Akasya Arts and Culture Center won the “New Venues Award” at the Direklerarası Audience Istanbul awards.

The Akasya Culture and Arts Center was deemed worthy of the “New Venues Award” for its theater plays for adults and children, and for its acoustic sessions at the Akasya Shopping Mall.

Fenerbehçe Women's Basketball Jersey Sponsor Akasya

Akasya and the Fenerbahçe Women’s Basketball team entered into a jersey sponsorship agreement, making Akasya the team’s jersey sponsor for the third time as a result of the renewed collaboration. Akasya is Istanbul’s most prestigious shopping and living center with a proven record of success with more than 70 international awards. And Fenerbahçe Women’s Basketball team was the winner of last season’s Turkey Women’s Basketball League and the most accomplished women’s basketball team in Turkey. The 12-time league champion in the past 18 seasons, the team was also a finalist in the EuroLeague Women 2013 and 2014.

Getting to Akasya is a Breeze

Akasya is located centrally in Istanbul at the heart of Acıbadem, one of the city's most distinguished neighborhoods, combining high standards with easy transportation. While the city has only a few projects that provide direct access to the metro line, getting to Akasya is a breeze with direct access to main highways, metro lines, and bridges.

In addition to the connections to the metrobus, the July 15th Martyrs' and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridges, and belt highways, Akasya has a seven-tunnel investment to provide access to parking lots at different levels. The road investment is one of the highest made by the private sector with the goal of easing access to the city-center location.

Reaching Akasya

  • July 15th Martyrs' Bridge: 4 km, approx. 5 mins
  • Kozyatağı: 4 km, approx. 5 mins
  • Suadiye: 10 km, approx. 7 mins
  • Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge: 15 km, approx. 10 mins

In addition to special connecting roads, a connection tunnel supported by 450-meter long belt conveyors was built to provide metro, metrobus, and Marmaray connections from inside Akasya. A nearly 3,500-vehicle indoor parking lot is also included in the project, designed by taking into consideration Istanbul's general parking problem.

Award-winning Project

Even before completion, the project's Akasya Residence section won the "Europe's Most Successful Project" award in the "Highest Building Architecture" category in the European Property Awards 2012. Also, the Koru and Göl stages of the project were a "Best Residential Development" finalist in the world classification of the prestigious MIPIM Awards 2013. And, as a result of a popular vote of 50,000 people, it was named number one among the other 32 projects.

With such a colossal initiative in Turkey, the Akasya and Akasya Residence project became the only one deemed worthy of the BREEAM certificate, thanks to its energy efficiency, proper use of resources, solutions provided to local issues, quality of internal air, and systems that mitigate the building’s long-term environmental impact.

Akasya won the “Best Shopping Centre Award” in the “New Developments: Large” category of the ICSC Europe Shopping Centre Awards 2015, one of the most prestigious awards given by the International Council of Shopping Centers in recognition of the most accomplished centers in their fields.

COUNTLESS AWARDS FOR AKASYA: Akasya has won more than 100 international awards since its opening.

With Akasya Park, Akasya received the "2016 Best Landscape" award from The Plan Architecture Magazine, as well as the most coveted marketing awards globally, including the International Business Awards, Stevie Awards, Hermes, and Marcom, bringing the total of international awards it won to more than 100.

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Akasya in the press
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