Designed by Alp Architects & Planners Ltd, Malatya City Hall, more than just a city hall is located in Malatya, Turkey. The avant-garde design of the ten-floor, 20,000-sq-m main block is conceived as a double-skin elliptical form with a full-height central atrium space. The office spaces at both sides are described as elliptical arcs. The five-floor, 5,000-sq-m, circular mayoral block is positioned towards the front plaza and the main road. It intersects with and merges into the elliptical block. Consequently, it looks both onto the external plaza and the internal atrium. Its style is a reinterpretation of the Turkish-Islamic traditional architecture that collides with the high-tech style of the rest.
Approaching from the street one perceives the whole depth of the structure through the transparent central atrium. The rampway leading to the main entrance transverses the structure to continue up to the other end of the land as a spine about which the masterplan and the building develop.