Asfuro?lu, who built his family firm on steel and concrete production, as well as textiles, moved into construction. He secured building permits, got a franchise from Hilton Hotels, had plans drawn up, brought in his project manager, and thought he’d have a working hotel within 18 months.
Three years later, his has to be one of the most ambitious hotel projects in the world. While digging the foundation of the building, workers found … the past. Lots of it.
“I thought the project was gone … dead,” said Asfuro?lu, through an English translation by his son, Asaf Asfuro?lu. Instead it has turned into much more.
Story: Geoff Tofield , NBC News | Photo: Emre Arolat Architect