A Slender Tower Directs Air Traffic: Tulip Tower, Istanbul

Session: Track A: Non-Building Award, Part 2

Deniz OdabasErik BehrensProject image

Deniz Odabas
Senior Design Director, Istanbul New Airport (IGA)

Erik Behrens
Creative Director / Design Studio Lead, AECOM

At the center of the Istanbul International Airport is the 96 meter (315 ft) Tulip Tower. Referencing the tulip flower, an important cultural emblem in Turkish history, the tower houses air traffic control for the active airport. Milled glass fiber-reinforced concrete clads the exterior and is washed with crimson red lights that help the tower stand out against the night’s sky for incoming and outgoing flights.

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