Armada, meaning the commanding ship of the naval forces, seems to be the new attraction point for visitors in Ankara.
The history of shopping starts at the ancient Agoras with goods exchanging hands, then continues with money after Lidians. Ever since 1950's in America, and since 1980's in Turkey shopping centers have become more and more attractive for shoppers, where they find most various things, fun, cultural and social activities, all under one roof. Armada, meaning the commanding ship of the naval forces, seems to be the new attraction point for visitors in Ankara.
The construction works starting in year 1999 ended in September 2002. Armada is a shopping and business center complex built on 30.000 m2 building plot, with around 125.000 m2 construction area . The complex contains a 21 floor office tower and a lower shopping mall block, with a parking area for ca. 3100 vehicles (incl. garage).
The mall offers ca. 32 000 m2 for tennants with an area range for shops between 45 - 2000 m2 in more than 150 shops. A cinema theatre with 11 halls and a relative big supermarket also have their space in Armada. The office tower with it's 21 floor levels and ca. 650 m2/floor, has the shape of a shuttle plan, making the glass facade a shing landmark from different viewpoints.
The structural details are the result of a long team work, creating special designs to complete the facade.
Client: Sogutozu Insaat ve Isletme A.S.
Project Date: 1998-2002
Gross Area: 125 000 m2
Structural Engineer: Yuksek Proje
Mechanical Engineer: Unlu Muhendislik
Electrical Engineer: Emak Mühendislik
Design Consultant: Salih Bezci, Vecihi Yıldız ve GMW Mimarlik ltd. Sti.
Leasing Consultant: Alkaş Danışmanlık, Avi Alkaş
Mechanical Consultant: İhsan Önen
Construction Supervisor: Sonay Ozar
Location: Söğütözü, Ankara
2004 - ICSC European Shopping Center Category - First Prize
2005 - ICSC International Design and Development Awards - Certificate of Merit