Inside the New Soho House Istanbul


Haute Turkish creatives finally have a new home away from home. Soho House has officially opened an outpost in Istanbul, and brand founder Nick Jonas has ensured that the new space retains all of the personality and allure of the NYC original. The new Istanbul location marks the brands 13th global location, and is the largest one to date. Even better, you don’t even have to be a member of the Soho house to stay.


The new Soho house is brimming with a multitude of different public spaces and bedrooms strewn across four buildings. The house rests in the Beyoğlu district of Turkey in a 19th century Corpi building, and feature’s wondrous european styling. Frescos adorn the walls an ceiling, while the floors are crafted out of Carrara marble. The building was originally built by a Genoese shipbuilder and designed by Italian architect Giacomo Leoni. In a past life, the site  served as the US embassy and consulate before being transformed into the Soho House.


Transforming the 19th century interior into a modern social club with an old-world aesthetic proved to be a challenging endeavor, and preserving the historical nature of the space was of the utmost importance to the builders. “There were limits to what we could do with the space. Everything had to work around the original layout; for example, where you can put the kitchen and the bar,” said design and development director James Waterworth. “All of the frescoes and a lot of the carpentry around the Piemonte rosewood doors was in bad condition, and had to be restored by experts. They were as detailed as scientists.”


Outside of the main Corpi building, the Soho House extends to three other buildings. The Annex Building next door houses another 28 bedrooms, while the newly-constructed Chancery Building houses an Italian restaurant Cecconi’s and The Mandolin Terrace, a rooftop restaurant that offers “Aegean-inspired dining.”


Finally, the Glass Building houses another 59 bedrooms, a second rooftop pool, a large  spa, gym, ballroom and an expansive screening room. There’s also The Allis, an all-day lounge and bar. The bedrooms range in size and feature distinct styling that honors the culture of the area.

Rates start at €195.

(Via The Telegraph)

All Images courtesy of the Soho House via The Telegraph