As part of an international competition to build the control tower for the new Istanbul Airport, the operating consortium IGA has selected a design in the shape of a giant tulip submitted by AECOM and Pininfarina.
The tulip has been the symbol of Istanbul for centuries. The gracefully curved, 315ft (96m) high building is also reminiscent of the forms used in aviation design.
Yusuf Akçayoğlu, Chief Executive Officer of IGA commented: “The air traffic control tower will contribute much to the new Istanbul Airport with its iconic character. The most significant companies within the industry participated in the competition with best designs. After a difficult selection process, we preferred the concept tower design that resembles tulips, created by AECOM and Pininfarina.” Construction of the tower is scheduled to begin in May and it is scheduled to be completed in October 2017.
US company AECOM and the Italian design firm Pininfarina beat five other architecture teams in an international competition. In addition to the tower, they also received the commission to build a technical building for the new airport.
The new Istanbul Airport is due to open in spring 2018 with an initial handling capacity of 90 million passengers per year. There are plans to expand the airport to six runways and three terminals. After it is completed, Istanbul New Airport will have an annual capacity of more than 200 million passengers and it will be one of the world’s largest airports.
A rendering of the air traffic control tower designed by AECOM and Pininfarina. (Copyright: IGA.)