Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will take part in the opening ceremony of the new 35-storey Türkevi (“Turkish House”) building in New York, located opposite the headquarters of the United Nations, on Monday 20 September.
The building will also house the Permanent Mission of Turkey to the UN and the Consulate General of Turkey in New York.
President Erdogan will arrive in New York to attend the 76th session of the UN General Assembly.
The building was acquired from the American IT giant IBM in 1977 thanks to the efforts of then Turkish Foreign Minister Ihsan Sabri Caglayangil.
Until 2013, the building housed the Permanent Mission of Turkey to the UN and the Consulate General of Turkey in New York.
Now a 35-storey skyscraper has been built on this site in accordance with Turkey’s active foreign policy, growing reputation and the needs of official Ankara.
The new building, 171 meters high and about 20,000 square meters, is located opposite the UN headquarters and the US Permanent Mission to the UN.
The building has, among other things, numerous conference and exhibition halls, parking, etc.
The Türkevi project was developed by the American architectural firm Perkins Eastman. Chief Architect Jonathan Stark designed the final appearance of the building after visiting Turkey, where he became familiar with the country’s architectural traditions.
The building, designed in the spirit of traditional Turkish architecture, rises in the shape of a tulip and can also be seen from central Manhattan, the East River and Long Island City.
The skyscraper, which will further embellish the characteristic silhouette of New York, will reflect Turkish culture, Turkish history and its diversity.
The design of the entrance to the building is inspired by the architecture of the Seljuk and Ottoman caravanserais.
The building has a system that collects and uses rainwater. The complex is certified as Leed Silver Green Buildings.
The Turkish House, with its features and innovations, is expected to become one of New York’s iconic buildings. The construction of the building was carried out by a Turkish-American company.
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