Istanbul New Airport_Departures 01

Global Architect firm Grimshaw has announced it is not only designing a new airport in Istanbul but also developing the scheme for an airport expansion in Lima, Peru. Whilst designs for Lima have yet to be released (expect them mid 2015), images of the New International Airport in Istanbul showcase the architects design flair.

Jorge Ch†vez International Airport_ Exisiting site photo

In Peru (above), Grimshaw has been appointed by Lima Airport Partners (LAP) to design a new second terminal, and a new midfield Air-Traffic Control Tower for the Jorge Chávez International Airport; working alongside CH2MHill and Ramboll, and led by ARCADIS. The project is worth an impressive US$950 million with the expansion set to be located on 700 hectares of land located west of the current terminal.

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Grimshaw has begun working on the scheme design for the Istanbul New Airport, Turkey, retained on the project as part of an international architectural team including Nordic Office of Architecture, Haptic Architects and local Turkish Partners GMW Mimarlik and Tekeli Sisa. The team has been appointed by İGA Havalimanı İşletmesi A.Ş., which is founded by a Turkish consortium of CMLKK, while the project is master planned by Arup.

Istanbul New Airport_Aerial view

Based a little further out, on the Black Sea coast, 35km from the city centre, the six-runway development will be delivered in four phases. The first phase aims to serve 90 million passengers per year; this will increase to over 150 million passengers per annum once fully complete, made possible in part by Turkish Airlines‘ ambitious expansion plans.

Istanbul New Airport_ Airside 01

In a familiar trend emerging throughout the world, Grimshaw have looked to the surrounding area for inspiration for the architectural design of the Istanbul New Airport. Terminal 1 will be the world’s largest airport terminal under one roof, with a gross floor area close to 1,000,000 sq m.

Istanbul New Airport_Retail area

Grimshaw Partner, Andrew Thomas said, “We look forward to applying our aviation expertise to these growing markets and delivering world-class airports which create a true sense of arrival for the millions of passengers travelling to these destinations. These projects are a vital step in the growth of both the economies of Istanbul and Lima.”

Istanbul New Airport_ Airside 02

The large expansive roof, which seems like a much more accomplished version of an early Stansted Airport roof, is both architecturally breathtaking and an engineering marvel. We love the new open and expansive airport plan, and whilst further away from the city, is well worth the extra mileage, as it offers a truly 21st Century airport experience. Well done Grimshaw, one thing is for sure, based on these Istanbul images, we are looking forward to the Lima designs.

Posted by:Jonny Clark

3 replies on “Visuals For New Istanbul Airport Are Tip Of Iceberg For Grimshaw

  1. Great news! Once this grand new airport has been completed, Istanbul will make a new global impression as being the world’s “central connective mega city” that links the continents of Asia & Europe not only by land but via the sky as well.

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