Flamingo is located inside Inter Continental Hotel, which was the Sheraton until 1995. The hotel was built in the 1960s and at the time both architecturally and lifestyle-wise it marked a turning point for the history of Taksim and Istanbul in general. During 80s and 90s, Sheraton was one of the most important meeting points in the city for the well-heeled community.
With the knowledge and motivation of this historical fact about the space, Autoban focused on creating again a lively meeting point for the city. The restaurant focused on Mediterranean cuisine as the right choice, since the cuisine is mostly associated with people gathering and sharing food in a joyful manner.
Warm, stark and contemporary are the three key words portraying Flamingo. The interiors boast a rich tapestry of past memories and experiences all throughout within an entirely contemporary setting. Subsequent to the idea of experience, the connotations of Mediterranean cuisine and culture also give direction to the design approach. Antique brass finishes, natural stone flooring, grainy marble for the bar and the tabletops, wooden ceiling fans and giant green plants are the major details that create the overall look.