Ferarri Designer Wins Competition For New Control Tower

  • Jan 8, 2016 6:24am GMT

An innovative design by AECOM and Pininfarina was chosen as the winner for the regional Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower and technical building at the Istanbul Airport. The project is set to become a landmark for Istanbul and part of what is to be the world’s largest new airport in terms of annual passenger capacity.

Yusuf Akçayoglu, chief executive officer of ?GA who chose the winning design said, “We were looking for a striking design fit for a 21st-century airport while remaining sensitive to Istanbul’s unique heritage.” 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.

It is AECOM’s first collaboration with Pininfarina, the design house renowned for its car designs for Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and BMW. The collaboration combines the expertise of AECOM’s architectural and engineering teams with Pininfarina’s distinctive architectural style that epitomises speed and movement.

Paolo Pininfarina, chairman of Pininfarina, said: “Our aim, as with all our projects, was to develop a bespoke idea that embodied our partner’s design identity while at the same time bringing a new aesthetic perspective. By leveraging the unique combination of our 85 years’ experience in design – from cars to superyachts, and from luxury products to furniture – with our architectural knowledge gained from several projects around the world, we have been able to create a technologically advanced structure of distinctive character.”

Jennifer Dixon, head of architecture, Europe, Middle East, India and Africa, AECOM, said: “In this competition, our aim was to combine the dynamism and romance of Pininfarina’s architectural style that is so influenced by automotive design with AECOM’s in?house aviation architecture capabilities. The AECOM and Pininfarina team has created a beautiful and highly functional piece that rekindles the excitement and glamour of modern air travel at the crossroads of Europe and Asia.”

Bernardo Gogna, senior vice president and director of global aviation, AECOM, said: “Our goal was to bring Pininfarina’s values, which are grounded in tradition and craftsmanship, to the world of aviation. The result marries pure iconic beauty with true innovation.”

The design competition is the latest win for AECOM at Istanbul New Airport. Earlier this year it was appointed by ?GA to deliver designs for all the airside works at the airport. The new airport will have an initial capacity of 90 million passengers per year. It will be located on the European side of the city, 35 kilometres from the centre on a site adjacent to the Black Sea.

Subsequent planned phases will expand the airport to include six runways and three terminal buildings and when all phases are complete, the airport will have an annual capacity of up to 200 million passengers.

In October, ?GA secured a €4.5 billion loan from a group of six banks for the first phase of the project. The AECOM and Pininfarina collaboration was chosen from a total of six entries from international architectural teams, including ZahaHadid, Fuksas, Moshe Safdie, Grimshaw-Nordic and RMJM.