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Air Terminal Building in western Turkey design by GMW Architects

post updated 18 June 2021 ; 19 Feb 2010

Istanbul Atatürk Airport

International Terminal, Istanbul Atatürk Airport, Turkey

Design: GMW Architects

Address: TAV Istanbul Ataturk Airport, Yeşilköy Mh., 34149 İstanbul, Turkey

Phone: +90 212 463 3000

Istanbul Airport Development design:
Atatürk Airport Turkey Building
photo © Murat Öztürk

The design of the TAV Istanbul Ataturk Airport terminal, together with its underground rapid-transit rail station and neighbouring car park, was inspired by a desire for simple and instinctive passenger routes between land side and the aircraft.

Both the terminal and the piers are arranged on three levels, with a spine of service and circulation cores marking the landside-airside boundary. The TAV Istanbul Ataturk Airport departures area is the defining space of the project.

Its 240 by 168 metre roof structure is easily identifiable from the air and clearly expressed in the interior. This space floods with diffused daylight through the north-facing skylights and this emphasis on natural light has been carried through to the arrivals level, with fully glazed corridors along the piers and landscaped courtyards within the terminal.

To protect the TAV Istanbul Ataturk Airport building from earthquake in this seismically active area, innovative structural isolators allow the large roof to move independently of the supporting structure.

A modular and linear form was chosen for the terminal with the potential for expansion in mind and this has proved an effective strategy. A second phase of construction has been completed with minimum disruption of operations and the design capacity of the terminal is now 20 million passengers per year.

Istanbul Atatürk Airport image / information from GMW Architects

GMW Architects

Location: Istanbul Atatürk Airport, Turkey, southwestern Europe

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