On October 27, Ahmet Arslan, Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication, inaugurated the ground-breaking ceremony of Istanbul New Airport’s Air Traffic Control Tower.
The tower, designed by Pininfarina and AECOM and the winner of the 2016 International Architecture Award, will be 295ft (90m)-tall and completed in approximately six months.
Inaugurated by Ahmet Arslan, Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication, the groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Orhan Birdal, Transportation, Maritimes and Communications Ministry Deputy Undersecretary, Funda Ocak, General Director of State Airports Authority of Turkey, IGA Board Members as well as top executives of Pininfarina and AECOM.
“Air traffic control towers have taken on a new significance in the next-generation airports, becoming an architectural design icon aside from functionality. We believe that this Air Traffic Control Tower, whose ground-breaking we celebrate today, will offer Istanbul a new city symbol and fascinate the aviation community with its unique design. With inspiration drawn from the tulip flower, a symbol in Turkish history and Istanbul’s rich cultural heritage, and its aerodynamic shape, our tower will be visible to all passengers traveling between Europe and Asia. We see many of its counterparts in the US, Gulf States and Europe. Being the developer of the world’s largest airport, we stand out in this aspect, as well,” noted Yusuf Akçayoğlu, CEO of IGA Airports Construction at the ceremony.