Istanbul Airport New Traffic Control Tower: ATC

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Istanbul Airport New Traffic Control Tower

Turkish Aviation Building Development – ATC design by Aecom / Pininfarina

28 Oct 2016

Istanbul New Airport ATC Tower

Design: Aecom with Pininfarina

Istanbul New Airport ATC Tower Breaks Ground

Istanbul Airport New Traffic Control Tower

Ahmet Arslan, Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication, inaugurated the groundbreaking ceremony of Istanbul New Airport’s Air Traffic Control Tower designed by Pininfarina and AECOM. The tower, winner of the 2016 International Architecture Award, will be 90-meter-tall and completed in approximately six months.

Construction officially commenced at Istanbul New Airport’s (INA) award-winning Air Traffic Control Tower, which, once finished, will become the world’s largest airport ‘built from scratch’. The tower, scheduled to be delivered in six months, will rise as high as 90 meters over an area of 6,085 m².

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.

Istanbul Airport New Traffic Control Tower

“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 groundbreaking 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 U.S., 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.

“The laying of the corner stone is an important step towards the birth of this extraordinary building destined to become a real milestone for Istanbul. Today I’m particularly proud of this project as it’s the evidence that, with the right team, an outstanding and sculptural design – winner of the International Architecture Award – will become real,” said Paolo Pininfarina, Chairman of Pininfarina Group.

Back in December 2015, IGA organized a design contest for the Air Traffic Control Tower, inviting globally acclaimed designers including Zaha Hadid, Moshe Safdie, Grimshaw-Nordic, Massimiliano Fuksas, Pininfarina-AECOM, and RMJM Architects. Pininfarina and AECOM won the contest with a design inspired from the tulip flower. INA’s Air Traffic Control Tower and Technical Building received the 2016 International Architecture Award by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, and The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

Istanbul Airport New Traffic Control Tower

Istanbul New Airport ATC Tower – Building Information

Construction Area: 6,085 m²
Height: 90 m
Number of floors: 17 + basement
Foundation Type: Raft Foundation + 30m-deep drilled shaft foundation
Carrier System: Reinforced concrete & steel construction
Façade materials: Glass fiber reinforced concrete will be used to create organic curvy forms on the tower façade.
Tower Control level: Two-floor control level with an employee capacity of 16. Control floors will have a glass façade enabling a 360 degree panorama view, while providing reflective and acoustical comfort.
Technical building: Cafeteria, gym & squash courts, offices, recreational rooms, seminar hall, meeting rooms.

14 Aug 2016

Air Traffic Control Tower and Technical Building, Istanbul

Building by AECOM and Pinninfarina is an International Architecture Awards Winner in 2016

International Architecture Awards 2016

8 Jan 2016

Istanbul New Airport’s Traffic Control Tower

Design: Aecom with Pininfarina

Aecom and Pininfarina win competition to design the Airport Traffic Control Tower of Istanbul New Airport

Istanbul Airport New Traffic Control Tower

Aecom (global architecture and engineering practice) and Pininfarina (Italian design office) have won an international competition to design the Istanbul New Airport’s new air traffic control tower, whose design muse is a tulip.

Aecom beat the other shortlisted designs by Grimshaw (UK), Zaha Hadid Architects (UK), Safdie Architects (USA, led by Moshe Safdie), Fuksas (Italy, led by Massimiliano Fuksas), Nordic Office of Architecture (Norway) and RMJM (UK).

The shape of the structure is intended to reference the tulip – a symbol of Istanbul. Many might associate tulips with the Dutch, but tulips “have been associated with Istanbul for centuries and represented a significant cultural reference in Turkish history,” according to a press release from İGA, a group founded in 2013 to manage the massive 25-year construction of the Istanbul New Airport. (Turkish Airlines planes include a faint gray image of a tulip on the fuselage.) When completed, the airport is expected to serve up to 200 million passengers per year.

“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,” said Yusuf Akçayoglu, chief executive officer of İGA. “We were looking for a striking design fit for a 21st-century airport while remaining sensitive to Istanbul’s unique heritage.”

Istanbul Airport New Traffic Control Tower

The tower also “evokes the aerodynamic forms used in automotive and aviation design,” notes Pininfarina, an Italian firm known for its work with Ferrari and Alfa Romeo.

Construction of the tower is scheduled to start in May with a completion date expected in October 2017.

Pininfarina was recently purchased by Indian conglomerate Mahindra.

11 Dec 2015
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RMJM Istanbul has been shortlisted in a global competition to design the iconic 95m high Airport Traffic Control (ATC) Tower of Istanbul New Airport, due to open in 2018.

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