İGA, the consortium building Istanbul’s New Airport, has chosen an innovative and stunning design by AECOM and Pininfarina as the winner of an international design competition for the regional Air Traffic Control tower and technical building. The breathtaking AECOM and Pininfarina collaboration was chosen from a total of six entries from international architectural teams, including Zaha Hadid, Fuksas, Moshe Safdie, Grimshaw-Nordic and RMJM.
Yusuf Akçayoğlu, chief executive officer of İGA, said: “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 travelling through the airport. We were looking for a striking design fit for a 21st century airport while remaining sensitive to Istanbul’s unique heritage. We received excellent designs from all over the world and are delighted to announce the AECOM and Pininfarina team as the competition winner.”
The automotive styled building has a touch of Ferrari and Alfa Romeo to it, brought to life by the team at Pininfarina. The design evokes the aerodynamic forms used in automotive and aviation design, and includes an elliptical tower that will be visible to all passengers flying in and out of the new airport. The tower shape is also inspired by the tulip, which has been the symbol of Istanbul for many centuries and is an important cultural reference in Turkish history.
Bernardo Gogna, senior vice president and director of global aviation, AECOM, said: “Our approach to this competition was to combine the expertise of a different design industry with AECOM’s in-house aviation architecture and engineering capabilities. Our goal was to bring Pininfarina’s values, which are grounded in tradition and craftsmanship, to the world of aviation. The result marries pure iconic beauty with true innovation.”
We absolutely love this new building that will sit as a beautiful addition to the terminal design that we featured at the end of 2014 for the airport, which has ambitions to be the largest airport in the world in terms of passenger capacity.
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