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Green Light for Japanese Houses in Istanbul by Hocaoğlu Group, a 1.2 Billion Turkish Lira Project

Hocaoğlu Group has initiated new investments and is set to build a residential project in Sancaktepe with an investment of approximately 1.2 billion Turkish Liras. The seismic earthquake-resistant project will feature 126 housing units.

Hocaoğlu Group has given the green light for new investments and is commencing the construction of a seismic earthquake-resistant residential project in Sancaktepe, Istanbul, with an investment of around 1.2 billion Turkish Liras.

The project, named “Japanese Houses Sancaktepe,” with the slogan “Let Only Your Cradle Shake in an Earthquake,” will consist of 126 housing units ranging from 2 rooms and 1 living room to 4 rooms and 1 living room. The project will include various social facilities such as gyms, tennis courts, saunas, and swimming pools.

Okan Hocaoğlu, the Chairman of Hocaoğlu Group Construction Board, highlighted the project’s key feature in its design, emphasizing the significance of seismic earthquake isolators.

According to Okan Hocaoğlu, “Living comfortably, peacefully, and healthily during an earthquake is a must for us. This project is technically essential to us. Japan is the leading country in applying seismic earthquake isolators. We will implement the technologies used there in our housing projects here.”

Expressing the intention to promote this application nationwide, Okan Hocaoğlu stated that after Sancaktepe, they plan to expand similar projects to various cities with names like “Japanese Houses Tuzla,” “Japanese Houses Mersin,” and “Japanese Houses Denizli.”

Eliminating the Earthquake Concern

Okan Hocaoğlu emphasized that they designed the project entirely based on a family concept, with housing units featuring 2 rooms and 1 living room, 3 rooms and 1 living room, and 4 rooms and 1 living room. The goal is to create projects where people can feel comfortable, safe, and breathe freely.

The project, with an investment of approximately 1.2 billion Turkish Liras, aims to eliminate concerns related to earthquakes. Hocaoğlu continued, “Buildings with seismic isolators are evaluated as structures with special status. They are directly controlled by the Ministry of Environment, Urbanization, and Climate Change, and inspections are carried out by the ministry. Professors appointed by the ministry conduct inspections in terms of design, application, and post-application services. A significant earthquake is expected in the mega city of Istanbul. Seismic earthquake isolators bring peace and confidence to individuals and allow them to sleep soundly in their homes.”

Intense Interest and Future Plans

Okan Hocaoğlu, Chairman of Hocaoğlu Group Construction Board, mentioned that during a seismic activity with a magnitude of 7, it is felt at a magnitude of 3.5-4 in buildings with seismic earthquake isolators. Hence, the slogan, “Let Only Your Cradle Shake.”

He also highlighted the high interest in the project, stating that there is serious demand from citizens and investors to learn about the isolator system. Okan Hocaoğlu expressed satisfaction with the requests and stated, “We are very pleased with the demands, especially in such a challenging market. This was an invitation for promotion. Many people attended. We will continue the concept of this project resolutely.”

Hocaoğlu mentioned that they will continue their investments, having completed some agreements in mega-city Istanbul. He revealed that they will share the details with the public soon and that there is also demand from other cities to undertake similar projects.

Turkey Can Succeed

Japanese earthquake expert Yoshinori Moriwaki, among the consultants for the project, stated that seismic isolators largely protect individuals at home or in the workplace during an earthquake. Moriwaki, emphasizing Japan’s success in building earthquake-resistant homes and implementing effective engineering projects, stated, “We will achieve similar success here together. Turkey has the potential to build earthquake-resistant structures just like Japan. Turkey can achieve this.”

The project’s consultant Fatih Sütcü, an academician from Istanbul Technical University Disaster Management Institute and Faculty of Construction, noted that seismic earthquake isolators are not widespread in Turkey and have recently started to be used in hospitals. Sütcü added, “Hospitals are designed not to suffer any damage during and after an earthquake, to continue providing services. Our homes are equally important. Therefore, we expected seismic isolator constructions to start in Turkey, but it seems that fate has brought it to these years. The number of seismic isolator residences is quite low in Turkey. This project will be one of them.”

Designed as Six Stories

According to the shared details, the Japanese Houses Sancaktepe project, with an investment of approximately 1.2 billion Turkish Liras by Hocaoğlu Group, will include 126 housing units. The housing units in Sancaktepe Japanese Houses project are designed as 2 rooms and 1 living room, 3 rooms and 1 living room, and 4 rooms and 1 living room.

Consisting of 4 blocks and only 6 floors, the project will include working areas, a cinema hall, play areas, gyms, hammam, spa, sauna, indoor and outdoor pools, football and basketball fields.

Located in Abdurrahmangazi Neighborhood, one of the most central locations in Istanbul’s Anatolian Side, the Japanese Houses project stands out with its modern urban architecture, emphasizing “safe living and a green-focused approach.”

The project is strategically positioned near various points and transportation hubs such as Sancaktepe Municipality building, city hospital, Şile road, Sancaktepe metro, North Marmara Highway, and TEM E80.

The Japanese Houses Sancaktepe project will offer meeting rooms, relaxation rooms, a tennis court, steam room, hammam, Pilates and table tennis area, billiard table, fitness center, smart home technology, walking trail, secure entrance, alarm system against unauthorized entry, closed-circuit video, and video intercom system, and an automatic fire extinguishing system.

source: prepared by Melisa Beğiç

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