• May 25, 2010
Turkey's Autopia Europa – Click above for high-res image gallery

Istanbul, Turkey will reportedly be home to the world's largest auto dealership, called Autopia Europia. The space is so big it's probably more convenient to think of it as an industrial complex, rather than an auto dealer: more than two million square feet, each of the five floors almost 20 feet high, 200 auto sales outlets hawking new and used metal, shot through with 56 eateries, 48 repair shops, 24 banks and 42 insurance companies. And that's just a taste of the options.

Perhaps the most unusual feature of Autopia Europia is the test-drive track on the roof of the building. The building's developers expect six million visitors per year, and we can only imagine they're including a lot of foot traffic in that estimate. With a 900-car parking garage, even with three people in every car, it would take nearly seven years to accommodate that many guests. Construction has just begun so they've probably got a couple of years to crunch those numbers again.

You can have a look at it in the gallery of high-res renderings below, or in the video after the jump. Hat tip to Brian!



[Source: GAD Architecture via dvice]

Autopia Animation final from GADarchitecture on Vimeo.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      So by Autoblog's math, each visitor will stay all day?
      • 4 Years Ago
      So Turkeys..still go to malls?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why all that negativeness? I think that thing is spectacular and veeery cool! And if modern guardrail technology is applied to the roof i can barely imagine that cars will learn to fly on that track.
      • 4 Years Ago
      too good image and heads off to the photographer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and the one who put the stars by writing such a great blog. heads off to you man!!!!!!!!! Great job.. keep it up///////
      • 4 Years Ago
      Even with a debris fence (standard NASCAR spectator guard fence), I can imagine crash debris raining down on civilians below, including hot/flammable fluids. Looking at the sketch, there seems to be plenty of nearby real estate to accommodate a ground-based track with appropriate safety provisions. Just because you can build it, doesn't mean you should.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I could see this (wretched excess) making some sense in Shanghai or Beijing. But Istanbul? Sounds like a scam.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Formula 1 Istanbul Tour (F1 Turkish Grand Prix) is run in Istanbul Park. Nowadays, this exotic location is one of the world’s most highly sought after racing circuits.

      It is a relatively recent circuit but sets new standarts in motor racing for drivers, fans and corporate guests alike. The circuit is one of Formula One calender’s most challenging layouts. The spectator access is really good and the hospitality of the organization is flawless.

      Checxk this out for more on this; http://www.best-of-istanbul.com/formula-1-istanbul-tour.html
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh yeah? Well, uh....hmm, well played.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How many cars will they have to sell to make a profit?!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      So you build this incredible auto sales complex and you build a garage with 900 spaces? Really?

      If there's one thing Europeans need more of, it's parking. Seriously, parking in most of Europe is a real problem. Someone needs to figure this out!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't see this being any worse than driving around your average indoor parking garage. No problem there. As far as the track atop the building, it is not a racetrack. It is a test drive track. Am I the only one that sees what is represented as a tall white retaining wall in the rendering? I am sure they though of all this before saying, lets build a mega building with a track on top. I assume most of the comments are sarcasm and I too laugh at the though of being a few floors below the area where the car leaves the track and comes by the window, however, I am sure they are smarter than a fifth grader.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looking at the track, I give it a week before a car flies off the roof of that thing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yup, nothing can go wrong here. All safe and sound. Definitely NOT an accident waiting to happen...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. When I saw the track, I was trying desperately to figure out how on earth they are going to keep cars from flying off the roof.

        And this is going to suck for spectators too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        not just that, the entire notion of people just driving around inside this thing willy nilly, all of it, inside and up top, is an accident waiting to happen.
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