Pininfarina and AECOM top Fuksas and Hadid to win Istanbul New Airport commission

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Runway view of Istanbul ATC. (Courtesy Pininfarina)

Runway view of Istanbul ATC. (Courtesy Pininfarina)

Pininfarina and AECOM have won an international competition to design an Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower and technical building at the Istanbul New Airport. The team was selected from a competitive shortlist, which included Zaha Hadid, Fuksas, Moshe Safdie, Grimshaw-Nordic, and RMJM.

Interior. (Courtesy Pininfarina)

Interior. (Courtesy Pininfarina)

Sky view of Istanbul ATC. (Courtesy Pininfarina)

Sky view of Istanbul ATC. (Courtesy Pininfarina)

“One of the World’s largest aviation projects, Istanbul New Airport’s air traffic control tower will be an iconic structure, visible to all passengers traveling through the airport,” said İGA’s chief executive officer, Yusuf Akçayoğlu, “We were looking for a striking design fit for a 21st century airport while remaining sensitive to Istanbul’s unique heritage.” According to the design team, the tower’s form was inspired by the tulip, a symbol of Istanbul’s culture.

This victory marks AECOM’s first collaboration with Pininfarina, a firm recognized for designing cars for Ferrari and Alfa Romeo. “The collaboration combines the expertise of AECOM’s architectural and engineering teams with Pininfarina’s distinctive architectural style that epitomises speed and movement, influenced by automotive design,” announced the design team.

Tulip inspired ATC Tower. (Courtesy Pininfarina)

Tulip inspired ATC Tower. (Courtesy Pininfarina)

The Istanbul New Airport is expected to have the largest, annual, passenger capacity in the world, accommodating 90 million passengers per year at the first stage and 200 million passengers per year by the final stage.

According to the design team, İGA secured a $4.9 billion loan from a group of six banks in October to fund the first phase. The following stages will expand the airport to include six runways and three terminal buildings.

AECOM and Pininfarina’s design will be approximately 22 miles from the city center, on the European side, adjacent to the Black Sea.

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