Turkish minister inaugurates Istanbul New Airport ATC Tower
Ahmet Arslan, minister of transport, maritime and communication, inaugurated the ceremony of Istanbul New Airport's Air Traffic Control Tower designed by Pininfarina and AECOM. T.
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.
“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,” said Yusuf Akçayoğlu, CEO of IGA Airports Construction at the ceremony.
Paolo Pininfarina, chairman of Pininfarina Group added: “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.”