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Old May 24th, 2010, 01:59 PM   #1
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ISTANBUL | AUTOPIA | Com

AUTOPIA
Istanbul, Turkey





AUTOPIA: world’s biggest auto-mall !


  • With 216,000 m2, it is the world’s biggest auto-mall
  • 5 stories - two of which are underground
  • Each level is 30,000 m2
  • Each floor is 6m in height
  • 1st-hand and 2nd-hand autos are sold together
  • 56 food & drink shops, cafés & restaurants
  • 48 private car service stations
  • 24 banks
  • ATM’s at 12 points
  • 42 insurance companies
  • 74 trading companies
  • Car park with a 900 car capacity
  • 6 Million visitors a year are expected
  • 7 kms of walkable space
  • There is a test drive track on the roof
  • 200 auto-galleries , 443 brands and 2526 types of cars are waiting for its customers


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Old May 24th, 2010, 02:00 PM   #2
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Old May 25th, 2010, 07:35 AM   #3
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Woa this is going to be a paradise. Awesome!
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Old May 26th, 2010, 05:00 AM   #4
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And to think nobody has come up with something like that before! A race track on the roof
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Old May 26th, 2010, 01:38 PM   #5
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i thinks its more a test track

its something like this way

1. drinking something at the cafes etc
2. go to the bank, some cash money
3. go to one of the car selling "stores"
4. choose one and make a test drive at the roof
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Old May 26th, 2010, 02:03 PM   #6
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The best conditions to buy a car.I hope they don´t fly from the roof with highspeed
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Old May 26th, 2010, 06:14 PM   #7
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This project kicks azz, I am surprise that Dubai did not come up with this before Turks..
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Old May 26th, 2010, 07:14 PM   #8
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Enjoy more traffic jam, Istanbulites! Though might I say that project is awesome fo shizzle!
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Old May 27th, 2010, 10:22 PM   #9
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More about the project on german newspaper BILD

http://www.bild.de/BILD/auto/2010/05...nnstrecke.html
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Old June 1st, 2010, 10:31 PM   #10
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According to World Architecture News, the construction has officially started!

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Construction starts on world's largest car dealership featuring rooftop test track

Construction has begun on New York and Istanbul based architecture firm GAD and architect Dara Kirmizitoprak's design for the world’s largest car dealership in Istanbul. The 216,000 sq m development is composed of five stories, two of which are underground, and features 56 cafes, restaurants and refreshment venues, 42 insurance companies, 24 banks and 74 trading companies. Offering 443 different brands and 2526 different types of car, the aptly named ‘Autopia’ can be more accurately defined as an auto-mall after it’s hugely extensive range of commercial features.

Whilst the vast dimensions of this project are more than enough to afford it a highly respectable level of media coverage, what is really making the headlines is the race track set to be installed on the roof of the building. The open-air circuit on the top floor has been designed for potential buyers to test out their prospective purchases before parting with their hard-earned cash. This isn’t the first time that such an ingenious feature has been included in a structure of this nature. In 1923, Fiat employed the same tactic when constructing its Turin factory, designed by Mattè Trucco. The circuit was later used in the original version of British car chase movie The Italian Job.

GAD’s website features a lengthy quote from French cultural theorist Jean Baudrillard, which states: “Speed creates a space of initiation, which may be lethal; its only rule is to leave no trace behind. Triumph of forgetting over memory, an uncultivated, amnesic intoxication.” It is safe to say that with such an ambitious design, it is unlikely that we will allow forgetfulness to triumph over the memory of this project for some time.
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Old June 2nd, 2010, 04:03 PM   #11
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amazing project
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Old August 13th, 2010, 08:51 PM   #13
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Old September 3rd, 2010, 12:06 AM   #14
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Old September 3rd, 2010, 10:17 AM   #15
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And to think nobody has come up with something like that before! A race track on the roof
Nobody? Fiat has a testtrack on top of it's factory roof in Turin.
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Old September 3rd, 2010, 02:26 PM   #16
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but Autopia is not a factory it's a mall
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Old September 11th, 2010, 05:05 PM   #17
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Old September 11th, 2010, 06:35 PM   #18
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Cool! Where can you find automalls elsewhere? Never heard about this kind of concept before. Strange if they don't have it in USA.
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Old September 12th, 2010, 03:55 AM   #19
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this should be in china!
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Old September 13th, 2010, 03:47 AM   #20
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Wow, I'm surprised that they're even building it. They should make a museum of auto history right next to the auto-mall. It would attract even more visitors.
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