Istanbul New Airport Debuts with Tulip-Inspired Control Tower by Pininfarina and AECOM

Milled glass fiber-reinforced concrete clads the air control tower by Pininfarina and AECOM at Istanbul New Airport. Photography courtesy of Pininfarina.

Three years in the making, Istanbul New Airport was finally inaugurated last month. With construction on a 19,000-acre aerotropolis of office buildings, hotels, mosques, and medical and conference centers expected to continue until 2028, the centerpiece so far is the 295-foot-tall air control tower by firms Pininfarina and AECOM. Aerospace and automotive design are expected inspirations, but the tulip, an important cultural reference in Turkish history, is a surprise. In this interpretation, it appears to be blowing in the wind.

As seen from an airplane. Photography courtesy of Pininfarina.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Istanbul New Airport air control tower. Photography courtesy of Pininfarina.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Istanbul New Airport air control tower interior. Photography courtesy of Pininfarina.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Istanbul New Airport air control tower. Photography courtesy of Pininfarina.
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