World’s Top Designers Compete for The Airport Traffic Control Tower

Prominent global brands Zaha Hadid, Moshe Safdie, Grimsaw-Nordic, Massimiliano Fuksas, AECOM and Pininfarina, and RMJM Architects compete for the Airport Traffic Control Tower of Istanbul New Airport, with designs inspired by authentic symbols of Turkey.

İGA has invited world’s leading designers to join a design contest launched for the Airport Traffic Control Tower of Istanbul New Airport. The competition saw the attendance of many renowned design brands, including Zaha Hadid, Moshe Safdie, Grimsaw-Nordic, Massimiliano Fuksas, AECOM and Pininfarina, and RMJM Architects.

For the Airport Traffic Control Tower of Istanbul New Airport, which is planned to rise from a construction site of 5000 square meters in total and reach 95 meters of height, Zaha Hadid got their inspiration from whirling dervishes; Moshe Safdie from Ottoman geometrical patterns; Massimiliano Fuksas from minarets; AECOM and Pininfarina from tulips; and RMJM Architects from seagulls of Istanbul. Grimsaw-Nordic, on the other hand, shared their work designed with a concept to complement the terminal building and airport design in general.

“We are developing a unique project inspired by the local architecture. That is why we have organized this contest, hoping that Airport Traffic Control Tower design would symbolically contribute great deal to Istanbul New Airport and also will be the most important figure of Istanbul. We particularly asked contestants to get inspired from icons of Turkey. Currently we are evaluating the submitted projects and will be announcing the results as soon as possible”, said Yusuf Akçayoğlu, CEO of İGA.