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Grimshaw reveals new images of £6bn Istanbul Airport plans

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Grimshaw has revealed new images of its proposed £6billion Istanbul Grand Airport project

The practice was recently retained to work up detailed designs for the scheme which is set to become the world’s busiest airport, serving more than 90 million passengers a year.

Designed with Oslo-based Nordic Office of Architecture and London-based Haptic Architects, the scheme will be built 35km outside the city in four stages.

The first phase will open in 2018.

Last month, the AJ reported that Grimshaw had also been chosen to oversee the massive expansion of Peru’s main international airport in Lima (see AJ 21.10.14).

The AJ100 practice, which saw off a bid from Brits Pascall + Watson and Mott MacDonald to land the job, is set to design a new air traffic control tower and a second terminal at the Jorge Chávez International Airport.

The huge 7 million m² scheme will be located on land just to the west of the existing airport.

Grimshaw is working with ARCADIS, CH2MHill and Ramboll on the $950 million expansion project.

Designs for the new airport buildings are set to be revealed in 2015.

Grimshaw's Istanbul Grand Airport project (November 2014) - airside

Grimshaw’s Istanbul Grand Airport project (November 2014) - airside

The architect’s view

‘The Istanbul Grand Airport will be a modern and highly functional, with a unique sense of place. The architectural design of the terminal is closely linked to the area’s unique character and will act as a stunning gateway to Istanbul and Turkey. In spite of its size, the terminal building is conceived as one that sits calmly in its context, with a clear horizontal expression. With a generous plaza and an efficient traffic forecourt on the landside, rail, metro, bus, coach and parking seamlessly integrates with the terminal and the proposed Airport Park Central.

‘Internally, the vaulted ceiling geometry gives a strong sense of directionality, from landside to airside, but also for responds to people traversing the terminal along its length. The roof and layout design will reinforce passenger flows, whilst enhancing passenger experience with intuitive wayfinding. Skylights provide natural daylight, which is diffused through the ceiling via focused beams of direct sunlight. This daylight highlights key areas in the terminal such as check-in, security, passport control and the retail environment.’


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