Grimshaw Architects Unveils Geometric & Airy Plans for the Istanbul Grand Airport

by , 04/21/14

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Istanbul Grand Airport was designed by Grimshaw Architects, the Nordic Office of Architecture and Haptic Architects, who were appointed by a Turkish consortium of Cengiz, Kolin, Limak, MAPA and Kalyon. The new airport will be located on the coast of the Black Sea about 35 km outside of Istanbul on a site that was master planned by Arup. Once complete, the airport’s six runways will be able to accommodate about 150 million passengers a year. Phase 1 will open in 2018 and it will serve 90 million passengers annually.

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The entire terminal will be housed under one roof and its floor area will be close to one million square meters, making it the largest airport of its kind. Modern design and a clear sense of place will distinguish this transport hub from hundreds of others around the world. The architecture team has designed the airport to exhibit Turkey’s unique character and to act as a gateway to the city and country. Geometric skylights serve to provide plenty of daylighting while improving wayfinding and highlighting key areas in the terminal such as check-in, security, passport control and the retail environment.

“We are delighted to have been appointed to this bold and aspirational project,” Grimshaw Partner, Andrew Thomas said. “We share the consortium’s ambitions to develop a truly outstanding airport design worthy of the world city of Istanbul.”

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1 Comment

  1. aylin April 22, 2014 at 6:39 am

    unfortunately, no matter how pretty daylight in an airport might be, the whole idea of adding yet another airport to istanbul, especially in the area that houses the last remaining northern forests (that once took up 2/3 of the city and have now been demolished or will be demolished) is nowhere near “green”. istanbul is already an overpopulated metropolis with no real room to grow. artificially stimulating further growth is completely unsustainable. istanbul has long ago exceeded its boundaries, and there is not enough infrastructure in place — and more importantly natural resources left — to support its inhabitants. for more concrete information, i would recommend watching the documentary “ekümenopolis”.

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