Grimshaw unveils worlds largest airport terminal for Istanbul


London firm Grimshaw has revealed designs for a new six-runway airport in Istanbul that can accommodate up to 150 million passengers a year.

Grimshaw, in addition to Norwegian firm Nordic Office of Architecture and London studio Haptic, say the Istanbul New Airport Terminal One will become the “world’s largest airport terminal under one roof”, with the site covering nearly 100 hectares.

The designers described the project as “modern and highly functional, with a unique sense of place”. The terminal will feature a vaulted canopy dotted with skylights.


These will focus daylight onto primary sections of the interior, including check-in desks, passport control and shops.

The entrance will feature a large plaza and transport hub, allowing the airport to integrate the existing rail, metro and bus routes.

Partner at Grimshaw, Andrew Thomas said this project will aim to capture “design worthy of the world city of Istanbul”.

“The Istanbul airport attempts to reconcile the requirements for a top modern, functional airport with something that is rooted in local identity,” added Haptic director, Tomas Stokke.

“We were inspired by the local use of colours and patterns, the quality of light and how it penetrates buildings, as well as by traditional architecture such as the Süleymaniye Mosque.”

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