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The Gallery | Istanbul tower design

Designs by engineering giant Aecom and Italian designers Pininfarina have been chosen for an air traffic control tower in Turkey.

Operator IGA chose the joint submission for the structure at Istanbul New Airport. It was selected from a strong shortlist that included Zaha Hadid and RMJM.

The competition called for contemporary concept designs for the tower that reflected the city’s culture and history. The winning design was inspired by the tulip, an important cultural reference in Turkish history.

IGA chief executive Yusuf Akçayoğlu 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.”

Aecom head of architecture across Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa Jennifer Dixon said: “In this competition, our aim was to combine the dynamism and romance of Pininfarina’s architectural style that is so influenced by automotive design with Aecom’s in-house aviation architecture capabilities.”

Istanbul New Airport will eventually have six runways and three terminal buildings, giving an annual capacity of 200M passengers.

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