May 1 2014  |  Airline & Terminal News

Artistic renderings released of Istanbul Grand Airport

By Tanya Filippelli

Artistic renderings have been released of the new 8,000ha (80 million square metre) Istanbul Grand Airport in Turkey.

The airport’s first terminal is expected to become the world’s busiest airport terminal, with a gross floor area close to one million square metres.

Located on the Black Sea coast, 35km outside of Istanbul, the six runway development will be delivered in four phases. The first phase will open in 2018 and aims to serve 90 million passengers per year.

Once all phases are complete, the airport’s capacity will expand to over 150 million annual passengers, making it the world’s largest airport terminal under a single roof.

The Turkish consortium of Cengiz, Kolin, Limak, MAPA and Kalyon won the tender for Istanbul's third airport last year. The consortium appointed architectural firms Haptic, Grimshaw, Nordic Office of Architecture and Arup to develop the masterplan and terminals for Istanbul Grand Airport.

“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,” the Nordic Office of Architecture said in a statement.

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