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Istanbul's new airport will boast unique Tulip shaped ATC tower

A spectacular tower in the shape of a giant tulip is set to become an iconic symbol of the new airport in Istanbul.

As part of an international competition to build the future control tower, the operating consortium IGA selected the design submitted by AECOM and Pininfarina.

According to them, the design of the tower combines aspects of the modern with traditional elements.

"The twisting form is based on a tulip, which has been the symbol of Istanbul for centuries," says the consortium.

They also believe that the gracefully curved, 96-metre high building, which will be visible to all passengers flying into or out of the new major airport, is "reminiscent of the forms used in aviation design".

IGA's CEO, Yusuf Akçayoğlu, is in no doubt that it will be impressive.

"The Air Traffic Control Tower will contribute much to the Istanbul New Airport with its iconic character," he saysIST1
Construction of the tower is scheduled to begin in May and it is slated to be completed in October 2017.

US company AECOM designs, builds, finances and operates infrastructure in more than 150 countries.

Italian design firm Pininfarina has designed vehicles for Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Jaguar, among others.

The two companies beat five other architecture teams in an international competition.

In addition to the tower, they also received the commission to build a technical building for the new airport.

Located 35 kilometers from downtown Istanbul on the European side of the city near the Black Sea, Istanbul New Airport is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the history of Turkey.

When it opens in spring 2018, it will have an initial handling capacity of 90 million passengers per year.

There are, however, plans to expand the airport to six runways and three terminals and it will boast an ultimate capacity of 200mppa ensuring its status as one of the world's largest airports.

The airport is being built and will be operated by IGA Havalimanı İşletmesi AŞ (IGA), a consortium of Turkish companies Cengiz, Kolin, Limak, MAPA and Kalyon – each holding a 20% stake.

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