Two design awards go to the İstanbul New Airport in a Single Year…

İstanbul New Airport, which is closely followed up by the world aviation industry, is granted an award with the design of its terminal building in the category of “Future Projects – Infrastructure” by the World Architecture Festival held in Berlin on November 16-18, 2016.

İstanbul New Airport Project, which will change the focus of both international and Turkish aviation industry, is granted an award with the design of its terminal building in the category of “Future Projects – Infrastructure” by the World Architecture Festival (WAF), which brought together the world architects and designers, held in Berlin on November 16-18, 2016.

Yusuf Akçayoğlu, CEO of İGA Airports Construction, stated his satisfaction of winning the grand award of the World Architecture Festival, one of the most prestigious events of the globe in architecture. He added: “Our control tower was nominated to the International Architecture Award of 2016 by the Chicago Athenaeum in the previous months. We are delighted and honored by receiving a second award, this time with our terminal design, in a very short span of time. We are exerting a tremendous effort to reflect the Turkish culture and architecture on the whole airport. Our control tower is inspired by tulip, which constitutes a substantial place in our culture, and we attached great importance to Turkish culture and architecture in our passenger terminal, the most important part of the project. Especially the dome-shaped roof of the terminal contains marks of the great architect Mimar Sinan.”

Prize for the largest airport terminal of the world under a single roof!

The İstanbul New Airport is designed by the British lead designer Scott Browning with the support of Fonksiyon and TAM/Kiklop from Turkey. After its completion, the project will be the largest airport of the world built from scratch, with an annual passenger capacity of 90 million at the first stage and with flights to more than 350 destinations. In addition to that, the terminal building, which is nominated to the award, will be the largest terminal building of the world under a single roof.

“The design of the largest duty-free space of the world is inspired by the Bosporus which connects continents, and there will be Turkish patterns and its street texture in it. Not only by its aesthetics but also by its lean systematic, our airport will offer a unique passenger experience, and we believe that it will be one of the most important architectural works of the world once completed,” noted Yusuf Akçayoğlu.

The terminal inherits its personality from Istanbul

The architectural design of the terminal, which will be the gateway of Turkey to the world, is closely linked with unique characteristics of Istanbul and the region… The terminal building, in spite of its size, is designed to prudently sit in its content; as an open, horizontal and integral space to give a sense of direction to its passengers who move from landside to the aircraft side alongside the terminal through its wagon ceiling and geometry. The design of its roof and layout strengthens passenger flows while reinforcing the customer experience by intuitive navigation.

The roof allows natural daylight to enter, and highlights key areas such as check-in, security, passport control and retail stores.

Constantly changing colors and shades of Istanbul inspire the indoors shaped by the play of light of the layered and ribbed ceiling, various shades of blue, and a humble geometrical pattern. While supported by a strong formal logic, the structure of the ceiling evokes the rich architectural heritage of the city.

İstanbul Airport outperforms world projects

Over 300 projects from more than 60 countries have competed in the festival. Those projects are evaluated according to the criteria of architectural planning, design, aesthetics, operation and constructability. The Istanbul New Airport outperforms projects such as the Well-line of London, the Shanghai Caravanserai Airport, the International Jeju Airport of South Korea, the Riyad Olaya Metro Station, the Stuttgart Central Station, the Train Station of Warsaw, and the San Shan Bridge of China.

About the World Architecture Festival

The World Architecture Festival, which has been bringing together for nine years the world architects and designers to exchange recent developments and ideas in architecture, is held this year in Berlin in the historic bus hall. More than 300 projects from around the globe have competed in 32 different categories in the festival. The winners of the World Architecture Festival Awards are not disclosed until the premier night.