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Volkswagen Arena is located in Uniq Istanbul (Ayazağa Culture Center) and strives to become one of Europe's distinct entertainment facilities. Along with live concerts and world famous shows and dance performances, through its screen technology, it is also possible to create smaller venues that accommodate corporate and other special events.


While the acoustic infrastructure of Volkswagen Arena provides superior sound quality, the fast "load in/load out" system allows for the easy execution of consecutive events.  With a 286 ton load carrying capacity of the roof, the space allows for many different types of events and performances to take place. The total capacity of the space is 5800 people and is comprised of: 304 skybox seats, 822 premium seats, 1392 fixed tribune seats, 562 appendable tribune seats, 2160 seating at the entrance level and 3300 standing room only at the entrance level.  Volkswagen Arena provides their clients with privileged services through their Skybox memberships and private entrances.

Volkswagen Arena is a 12.000 sqm. concert hall composed of both concrete and steel. While the general structure of the building is concrete, the loggias (theater boxes) found in the interior are composed of steel structures. The roof is carried by steel construction as well. Throughout the design process, great care was taken in order to take advantage of both the visual and structural characteristics of concrete.


A visual unification has been achieved through the use of exposed concrete in the flooring, walls, and ceiling. It has been proposed that the surfaces of the exposed concrete walls, ceilings, and floors would be appropriate for the projection of visual effects and event advertisements. With this the visitors are welcomed by very entertaining lobby and drinking/dining areas before entering the main venue.

As the concert hall was being designed, the structural characteristics of concrete were used in order to strengthen the acoustic quality of the space. With the unified form of the concrete flooring, proper acoustic insulation was achieved. In addition to this, the precast details of the stands were also designed in order to provide for sound insulation. The space that was left at the back portion of these tribunes was designed to be used as a 'bass trap.' With the proper use of concrete, not only does the space provide high quality sound in the interior of the venue, but also optimum sound insulation so as not to disturb anyone in the spaces surrounding the main venue.


The columns that are found in the entrance lobby are framed with LED lights. These frame contours are repeated creating a certain rhythm within the space and bringing the depth of the space to the forefront.

In order to maintain a general visual continuity in the space, the way finding texts and numbers are either in black or RAL 1028 yellow and on either exposed concrete or black surfaces. The same color arrangements are also used throughout the interior spaces in order to reinforce the visual unity of the space.


The shiny black lacquered lockers found in the side foyers are arranged to stick out from the wall at varying distances, creating visual movement along the wall. The light maple elements found above the lockers adds a different rhythm to the space and also emphasizes the depth of the corridor. In the VIP lounge, the same light maple material is used in the flooring and is contrasted with black glass walls, an exposed concrete ceiling, and stainless steel seating.

With at least 5000 guests coming to each performance, the flooring of the Volkswagen Arena has been designed to accommodate such a load. Through a special pouring method, the concrete flooring has been designed to withstand erosion and heavy use.


The modern design and 21 exclusive dining and drinking spaces of Volkswagen Arena, create a unique atmosphere, thus adding to the entertainment experience.



Volkswagen Arena, while being one of the few multi-purpose event spaces in Istanbul, has added a new function to their repertoire. Along with concerts, plays, performances, and meetings, Volkswagen Arena is hosting sporting events.

In order to accommodate a basketball court that meets the standards of the Euroleague, Volkswagen Arena has been re-designed and equipped with all the necessary amenities.

The most important aspect of the event space is that it brings the basketball field to the forefront. While the whole space is either painted black or made up of black furniture, the removable hardwood court and movable basketball hoops become the focal point of the space.

Folding telescopic tribune seating was added along with 88 VIP courtside seats. With this basketball configuration, Volkswagen Arena has the capacity to house 5000 guests.


LED scoreboards were placed at the corners of the main hall and removable high resolution LED HD screens were hung from the ceiling. Special locker rooms were created for the teams.




Location                                                 Uniq Istanbul (Ayazağa), Istanbul, Turkey

Land Owner                                            TURKMALL Inc. Co.


                                                                        Pozitif Entertainment Inc.




Capacity                                                 5.800 standing people, 4.500 sitting people

Total Construction Area                           12.000 m²


Interior Design Project                             Yazgan Design Architecture

3D Image Credits                                    ​Yazgan Design Architecture

Structural Project                                    Pro-Net Engineering

Mechanical Project                                   GN Engineering

Electrical Project                                      HB Technic​


Acoustical Design Consultant                    Peutz / PB Music Ltd.

Fire Consultant                                       Karina

Saloon Design Consultant                        Blackbox Operations BV

Steel Design Counsultant                         Erduman Engineering


Construction Date                                   2014

Contractor                                              TBM Construction


                                                                              Yunus Özkazanç 2014


                                                                              Volkswagen Arena


                                                                               2016, European Property Awards, Leisure Interior – Best in Europe (5 Star)

                                                             2016, European Property Awards, Leisure Interior – Best in Turkey (5 Star)

                                                             2015, INSIDE World Festival of Interiors Awards - Finalist

                                                             2014, Arkitera Architecture Yearbook Project


                                                                                2016, Imany Concert

                                                             2016, İbrahim Maalouf Concert

                                                             2016, Vodafone Freezone Festival

                                                             2015, Mohsen Namjoo Concert

                                                             2015, Pink Martini Concert

                                                             2015, TedX İstanbul

                                                             2015, Goran Bregovic Concert

                                                             2015, Mogwai Concert

                                                             2014, Morrissey Concert

                                                             2014, Babylon Presents; Jack White, Parov Stealer- Oi Va Voi, Hindi Zahra,

                                                             2014, Chet Faker Concert

                                                             2014, League of Legends Championship

                                                             2014, Pixies Concert

                                                             2014, Bob Dylan Concert

                                                             2014, Travis Concert

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                                                             Mall Report, July 2014

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                                                             İntes, September-October 2014

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                                                             XXI, December 2014/January 2015

                                                             RAF Magazine, March 2015

                                                             Marka Projeler Magazine, April 2015

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                                                                                Hürriyet, 24 June 2014

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