AN INTERVIEW ON RADISSONBLU HOTEL VADISTANBUL PROJECT
WITH MUSTAFA TONER, FOUNDER OF TONER ARCHITECTS,
Could you please tell us a little bit about yourself as an architect?
I am persistently carrying on my architecture and interior architecture
studies which I started after having graduated from Mimar Sinan University,
Department of Architecture with an M.Arch degree in 1984. In recent years,
we have been carrying out hotel projects both in Turkey and predominantly
When did you start your studies towards the tourism sector? What are your
activities in this field? Which hotel projects have you participated in so far?
We have been producing tourism-oriented projects for many years. Among
them are Hillside Fethiye, Kiriş World Antalya and Kaleiçi Marina Hotel.
Especially in the last 5 years, we have predominantly taken part in hotel chain
projects. We are currently undertaking domestic and international projects
of Marriott, Hilton and Radisson groups. Some of our projects include
Istanbul Marriott West, Marriott Hotel Yerevan, Marriott Bursa, RadissonBlu
Vadistanbul, Four Points by Sheraton Cape Verde, Kosovo and Bursa, Hilton
Ankara, Hilton Mersin, Hilton Adana, and Hilton Swinoujscie, Poland.
How did you engage in RadissonBlu Hotel Vadistanbul Project?
Especially in hotel chain projects, chains prefer to work with architectural
groups that recognize and know their design standards and accordingly
guide their partners. We, as the entire architecture studio, have been
selected for the project for incorporating these qualities.
What kind of an architectural style did you implement for RadissonBlu
Hotel Vadistanbul Project? Did you have a specific theme that you have
highlighted in the architecture of the hotel?
RadissonBlu Hotel Vadistanbul has the characteristics of a business
hotel due to its location. Therefore, we aimed to create an austere
yet non-boring and functional style. I think that we introduced a rich
expression to this style by using dark tones and durable materials such
as marble and bronze.
In architectural terms, what are the prominent features of RadissonBlu
Hotel Vadistanbul? How did the hotel being run by an international
chain affect your architectural design? Did you introduce a special
implementation or distinction for the chain?
Of course it did. Hotel chains have specific conceptual approaches
and they expect from the architecture groups that they work with to
pay attention to them. Therefore we pay attention to developing a
project in compliance with these expectations.
In broad terms, what do you need to take into account for the architecture
of city and business hotels? What are the trends in this field?
We cannot speak of the existence of a trend that creates a format in this
field. However, it is a fact that technology has been used more widely
throughout hotels in recent years. Large screen TVs, technology-intensive
meeting halls and ballrooms, digital signage, etc.
What can you say when you compare RadissonBlu Hotel Vadistanbul
with your other projects? From the standpoint of an architect, what kind
of a facility do you think it emerged to be?
RadissonBlu Hotel Vadistanbul became one of our projects whose end
result was closest to the initial concept presentation and rendering
process. The hotel management experience and construction knowledge
of the hotelier company played a key role in this. From an architect’s
point of view, I can say that the project culminated in a comfortable and
contemporary hotel, impressing its guests primarily with a sense of luxury.
Radisson Blu Hotel Vadistanbul
Standing out as the youngest member of Radisson Blue family, Radisson
Blu Hotel Vadistanbul opened its doors in Vadistanbul area, the new
business and lifestyle center of the city. A 15-year franchise agreement was
signed with Radisson Hotel Group for Radisson Blu Hotel Vadistanbul built
within the scope of Vadistanbul project, which was realized in partnership
with Artaş Construction, Evyap Holding and Invest Construction. Having
realized with 15 million TL worth of investment budget, the project
increased the number of Artaş Construction’s operational hotels to five.
Radisson Hotel Group’s portfolio in Turkey reached a total of 23 hotels and
4,400 rooms including projects that are operational and under construction
with the Radisson Blue brand, with which Artaş İnşaat became acquainted
in previous projects, was also preferred for Vadistanbul. Positioned right
beside TEM highway’s link roads, Radisson Blu Hotel Vadistanbul draws
attention with its location, which is close to art-culture centers and sports
facilities of the city, while also standing out as the closest 5-star hotel to
Istanbul Airport. Creating a favorable alternative for touristic and business
trips, the hotel also becomes a reason for preference for Istanbulites
with its amenities for meetings and organizations. Asserting its claim to
respond to the meeting and organizational needs of the area, Radisson
Blu Hotel Vadistanbul shines out with 7 flexible meeting rooms adorned
with state-of-the-art equipments along with a ballroom. Radisson Blu
Hotel Vadistanbul provides services with 193 modern rooms and a 386-
bed capacity. The hotel features 7 different types of rooms overlooking the
city or forest, promising an high-comfort accomodation experience with
the amenities they offer. As for Vadi Club SPA & Fitness, it allows guests to
relax, rejuvenate and have a pleasant time thanks to its full-fledged gym
and SPA center. All Day Dining Restaurant located within the hotel offers
exquisite tastes to its guests with delicacies from around the world that are
made with local products, while Vadi Bar welcomes its guests with cocktails
made by competent bartenders.
About the rooms
Radisson Blu Hotel Vadistanbul’s 193 guest rooms offer a stylish and
comfortable accomodation experience with a total 386-bed capacity.
The standard rooms having approximately 30-square meters can
accommodate two people. Promising a good night’s sleep, the large
and comfortable beds are available in single or double options.
Superior rooms offer the pleasure of staying in a larger area with 37-
sqm of space. Presenting different levels of comfort with Twin, King
and Queen beds, Superior rooms also include an espresso machine.
Having similar features to Superior rooms, Premium rooms provide
extra comfort in a larger area with 50-sqm of space. The 40-sqm
Executive rooms are designed for longer stays.
RADISSON BLU HOTEL – TONER ARCHITECTS
AN INTERVIEW ON RADISSONBLU HOTEL VADISTANBUL PROJECT