The OnaltiDokuz residential towers in Istanbul conjure up the unfathomable descriptions of J.G.Ballard in High-Rise, the portraiture of the towers is so accurate it would seem as though they were Ballard's muse. He captures their aura best when he describes his fictional towers as attempting to colonize the sky, the exact reason the OnaltiDokuz towers have been under fire recently.
The discussion of the design of the developer driven project would be an exercise in futility, it is not their design which is problematic rather their mere existence. The towers have managed to hijack the iconic skyline while offering little in return. Rumors of demolition have been circulated but seem unlikely now that all the units have been sold.
The structures should be a beacon for Turkey that like similar metropolises has become fertile ground for ghost reality investors. Leaving these towers to fulfill their goal ,as Ballard puts it, of being spaces not designed for man but rather for his absence.
These modern day heterotopias exist and continue to be in demand because of the constructed lure they exude from their exclusivity. The OnaltiDokuz is a vertical city so segregated physically that its separation easily bleeds into the collective psyche of the tenants, who if aware of the repercussions of the development, are able to go insouciant.