The design for a new six-runway airport in Istanbul with a capacity up to 150 million passengers a year, has been revealed by a team of architects led by London firm Grimshaw.
According to the engineering team comprising of Nordic Office of Architecture and London Studio Haptic, the Istanbul New Airport Terminal One will become the "world's largest airport terminal under one roof", covering a site of nearly 100 hectares.
Its design incorporates a vaulted canopy dotted with skylights. These will focus daylight on key areas in the terminal such as check-in; security, passport control and the retail shops.
The Grimshaw team has designed the whole terminal complex, which includes a plaza, forecourt on the landside, and connection to rail, metro, bus, coach and parking.
The airport will be located 20 miles outside the city on the Black Sea coast. Its construction will take place in four phases, with the first expected to open in 2018 and serve up to 90 million passengers a year.
Andrew Thomas, partner at Grimshaw, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to this bold and aspirational project. We share the consortium’s ambitions to develop a truly outstanding airport design worthy of the world city of Istanbul.”
Upon its completion, the £5.4bn Istanbul Grand Airport will serve more than 150 million passengers a year with its six runways.
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