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Revealed: Images of Grimshaw's £6bn Istanbul Airport

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Grimshaw has revealed images of its designs for a terminal complex at the new Istanbul Airport

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 six-runway development, which has been masterplanned by Arup, is set to be the world’s busiest airport, serving more than 90 million passengers a year.

The first phase will open in 2018.

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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Work on Grimshaw’s £6 billion Istanbul airport stalls

The project to build the world’s busiest airport in Istanbul has hit a planning obstacle, according to reports

The first phase of the scheme is being designed by Grimshaw with Oslo’s Nordic Office of Architecture (NOA), London-based Haptic Architects and Arup. But an environmental group told Reuters that a court ruling had delayed a critical stage in the planning approval process.

The State Airports Authority has reportedly denied that the decision will lead to delays in the construction of the scheme.

Once built the new airport in the Turkish city will be capable of handling 150 million passengers every year.

Previous story (AJ 01.02.13)

Turkey to build world’s largest airport

The Turkish government has launched a £6 billion scheme to build the world’s largest airport

The country plans an airport in Istanbul capable of handling 150 million passengers every year.

Transport Minister Binali Yildirim told a press conference the airport, which will be the city’s third, will have six runways.

The deadline for bids from consortia interested in carrying out the scheme is in early May, according to reports.

‘At full capacity the new airport will be the largest in the world in terms of passengers,’ Reuters reported Yildirim telling a news conference in Ankara.

‘We calculate the whole project will cost more than 7 billion euros excluding financing costs.’

It will be a four-stage project, with annual capacity of 90 million passengers planned for the first stage, which will be operational in 2017.

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