Pininfarina wins international award for its new airport tower in Istanbul

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Pininfarina Architecture and AECOM won the International Architecture Award, designing the Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) and Technical Building of the Istanbul new airport.

The prize is assigned to architects that achieve a high standard of excellence in design, construction, planning, and sustainability and promote best practice in all types of real estate development.

The winning projects were chosen from a shortlist of 370 entries from across the world by a panel of architects and critics. Pininfarina and AECOM project was chosen by İGA from a total of six entries, including Zaha Hadid, Fuksas, Moshe Safdie, Grimshaw-Nordic and RMJM.


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“It is the recognition of our ability to create a landmark for the city of Istanbul, a unique combination of outstanding character and references to the Turkish culture,” says Paolo Pininfarina, Chairman of Pininfarina.


The AECOM and Pininfarina design evokes the aerodynamic forms used in automotive and aviation design and includes an elliptical tower that will be visible to all passengers flying in and out of the new airport. The tower shape is inspired by the tulip, which has been the symbol of Istanbul for many centuries and is an important cultural reference in Turkish history.

Clive Lewis, director of architecture at AECOM, comments: “The Istanbul New Airport ATCT marks the first collaboration for AECOM and Pininfarina so it is particularly special for the design to be recognised with this award.”

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The ATC will be the landmark for Istanbul New Airport, which is set to be the world’s largest new airport regarding annual passenger capacity. The competition scope was to deliver the concept designs for the tower, showcasing a contemporary sustainable architectural design that reflects the multi-cultural and historical characteristics of Istanbul city.

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