Akasya is located in Acıbadem at the Üsküdar part of Istanbul, Turkey covers an area with a GLA of 80.000 sqm. Prime location on the Anatolian Side, located in the heart of Istanbul, Akasya is situated in the junction of the major motorways connecting European and Asian sides of Istanbul, having a perfect access to public transportations of subway, metrobus and Marmaray through one of the biggest investments of its kind in Turkey with a total of 50 million$ of road investment.
Akasya offers visitors a unique architectural design with 30 m high freeform skylights to provide maximum daylight with a ground floor height of 8 m for shop displays to experience street shopping offering visitors close to 257 stores.
Bağdat Street, one of the most important shopping locations on the Asian side of Istanbul, has served as one of the models for the concept spaces included in Akasya. Nearly all of Bağdat Street’s original amenities have been incorporated into the layout of Akasya’s counterpart — tall, customized display windows of world renown brands will adorn the street, while wide and open sidewalks under the natural lighting will give the shopping mall a life of its own. Glass bridges and railings will increase the visual effect of the shops while giving the surroundings an attractive and spacious feeling. During sunsets, the skylight will provide natural lighting within the whole corridor and also simulate the night with its star-lighting effects. In short, all the details of the original Bağdat Street have been included in Akasya, where uninterrupted shopping is possible thanks to the proximity of the stores to one another.
Unique and wide shopping experience providing a valuable & affordable luxury brandmix including 1st stores in Turkey of Victoria’s Secret/Pink, Hogan, Max & Co., and as well as the 1st flagship stores opened at the Asian Side of the city such as; Apple Store, Burberry, Tod’s, Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Longchamp, Kipling, Sketchers, Vans, Brooks Brothers, Molu, Under Armour, Guess, Swatch, Jo Malone, Furla, Guess, Weekend by Max Mara, Aveda and Armani Collezioni.
A wide selection of cafes and fine dining resturants from around the world; Shake Shack, Happy Moon’s, Plus Kitchen, Godiva, Pinkberry, Trattoria Enzo, Starbucks, Welldone, Midpoint, Carl’s Junior are just to name a few.
The movie theaters, which make up the majority of the North Plaza, have been designed with latest technologic developments in mind with a primary focus on comfort and modern style. The movie theater section offers 15 movie theaters with 2500 seats along with one of Europe’s biggest Imax screen and two VIP venues in a distinctive setting that runs in parallel to the shopping mall concept. The plaza also offers a large restaurant space with an open-air terrace.
360 degrees food court with more than 2000 seats capacity with unique concierge services located at the 2 main entrances, valet parking, special nursery and family rooms on each floor, 7 star concierge and valet services, free Wi-Fi , disabled guest’ friendly facilities, Global Blue Tax Free Cash Refund Desk and with Akasya Park on 10.000 sqm located on the North Entrance of the shopping centre.
KidZania, the world’s largest education through entertainment, edutainment brand whose “Children’s Country” concept provides children with a unique environment for learning through role-playing, will open its first Turkey branch at Akasya, on the area of 9,900 sqm. Children, depending on their own skills and interests, can choose from over 90 roles and professions at over 60 different activity spots. Based in a real life city, children can role-play real-life professions like that of a physician, fireman, airline pilot and so forth. KidZania offers various real-life activity spots that have been built to scale for children. These include a hospital, a fire department, a theater, an archeological museum, a flight academy, a dental health center, a pharmacy, a TV studio, a bank, a stadium, and other.
Akasya distinguishes itself from existing shopping malls not only by its brand new shopping experience but also by providing its visitors with green spaces for recreation – the green space is located in the very center of Akasya and the blue water canals that run through it make it an important meeting point. Akasya Park provides visitors with a rejuvenating resting area right in the middle of Akasya offers the largest open-air concert space on the Anatolian side of Istanbul. The whole of Akasya Park was designed with the idea to breathe a new air into Istanbul’s social life. Akasya Park is also the winner of “Best Landscape” Award 2016 of The Plan Magazine.
AKASYA MEYDAN ( Akasya Event Plaza )
Akasya Meydan is located at the south entrance of the shopping mall and offers visitors extraordinary event services within Akasya, the new meeting point of the city. It is an open-air space that acts as an integral part of the shopping mall. The plaza is designed to showcase various national and international brands, and to host domestic and international events.
AKASYA is the winner in BEST SHOPPING MALL in Europe in ” New Developments Large ” Category in 2015 ICSC European Shopping Centre Awards and also received 75 international awards in marketing through March 2014 to 2016.
“Akasya” and Akasya Housing Project has been the sole project in with such a large scale in Turkey to obtain the BREEAM certificate, thanks to its global atmosphere and use of correct resources, solutions to local problems, internal ambiance, the importance it attaches to health and its efforts towards reducing long-term impact of the building on the environment.
Akasya’s Residential section became a Europe 2012 Award Winner in the “Best High-Rise Architecture” category of The European Property Awards, even before construction was finished. The project competed in the finals at the “Best Residential Development” category of another important event, the 2013 MIPIM Awards. It beat 32 other projects at the “People’s Choice Awards” and became first by garnering the majority of the 50,000 individual votes.
Akasya Kültür Sanat ( AKS ) – Akasya Arts & Culture Center
Located at the 3rd floor Cinema , Arts & Culture floor of the centre, AKS offers its guests a unique programming of theatres, acoustic concerts , art and themed exhibitions. Tickets of the event programmes & exhibitions are valid through Biletix and AKS Ticket Box located on the main floor of the mall.