Het kronkelende design van de verkeerstoren is gebaseerd op een tulp, die al eeuwen het icoon is van Istanbul. Het futuristische gebouw zal 96 meter hoog worden en bestaan uit zowel moderne- als traditionele elementen. ’s Werelds grootste vliegveld opent zijn deuren in het voorjaar van 2018. pininfarina architettura iGA has selected AECOM and Pininfarina over Zaha Hadid, Moshe Safdie and 3 others to design the Air Traffic Control Tower for Istanbul New Airport - soon to be the world's largest new airport. The project will mark AECOM's first collaboration with Pininfarina, an Italian car design firm renowned for designing the Ferrari and Alfa Romeo. “One of the World’s largest aviation projects, Istanbul New Airport’s air traffic control tower will be an iconic structure, visible to all passengers traveling through the airport. We were looking for a striking design fit for a 21st century airport while remaining sensitive to Istanbul’s unique heritage. We received excellent designs from all over the world and are delighted to announce the AECOM and Pininfarina team as the competition winner,” said Yusuf Akçayoğlu, chief executive officer of İGA. "The AECOM and Pininfarina design evokes the aerodynamic forms used in automotive and aviation design," added iGA in a press release, "and includes an elliptical tower that will be visible to all passengers flying in and out of the new airport. The tower shape is inspired by the tulip, which has been the symbol of Istanbul for many centuries and is an important cultural reference in Turkish history." Save this picture! © AECOM and Pininfarina; Courtesy of iGA “Our approach to this competition was to combine the expertise of a different design industry with AECOM’s in-house aviation architecture and engineering capabilities. Our goal was to bring Pininfarina’s values, which are grounded in tradition and craftsmanship, to the world of aviation. The result marries pure iconic beauty with true innovation," says Bernardo Gogna, senior vice president and director of global aviation at AECOM.