Zaha Hadid Architects to design new Mumbai airport

Zaha Hadid Architects has won an international competition to design the new Navi Mumbia International Airport (NMIA).

Although the details of the design have not yet been revealed, the London-based architecture firm will be responsible for the overall long-term design of the project, as well as the execution of NMIA’s Terminal 1, Air Traffic Control Tower, and associated landside access.

“We are very proud to have been awarded the Navi Mumbai International Airport that will be a much needed addition to Mumbai’s infrastructure and an additional gateway to India. Our ambition is for the design to speak to India’s future, while celebrating its present and honouring its past,” said Cristiano Ceccato, project director at Zaha Hadid Architects.

The project was appointed to the architects by GVK, operators of Mumbai’s existing Chhatrapati Shivaji International (CSI) Airport, that is fast approaching its full capacity.

In 2017, GVK formed a joint venture with the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), the development arm of the State of Maharashtra, India, to build the new airport.

NMIA is “a long-awaited addition to Mumbai and Maharashtra’s transport infrastructure, and integral to sustaining the region’s continued growth”, a release by the architects said.

With a capacity of over 6 million passengers per year, the new airport will be built in Navi Mumbia, located across Mumbai Harbour, and connected to the city by the planned Mumbai Trans Harbour Link and rail links with the local and national networks.

The foundation stone for the new airport as laid by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 18 February 2018, with the project placed on a fast-track programme for completion.

“Navi Mumbai International Airport is a transformative and unique project and we look forward to our partnership with GVK, working together to develop NMIA into one of the most sustainable passenger-centric airports in the world, and the opportunity to contribute to India’s continued growth and success,” said Mouzhan Majidi, CEO at ZHA.

This week, the architects also revealed the design for Aljada’s Central Hub, located in Sharjah, UAE, and inspired by water droplets.

 

Image: Prime Minister Modi at NMIA foundation stone ceremony (Getty Images)

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