Turkish Airlines Airside Staff Gate Facility

Istanbul, Turkey


  • Turkish Airlines

    Project Size

  • 10,000 SM


Turkish Airlines (THY) is developing a next-generation hub at the all-new Istanbul Airport to support their growing operations. This campus includes an airside staff gate building (ASG), which will act as the gateway for a majority of THY employees who work throughout the airport’s airside facilities. As the first and last building THY employees encounter during the workday, this 24/7 operational facility is designed as a secure respite for ASG staff that helps balance their personal and professional needs while also reinforcing the strength of the THY brand.


This one-story building houses security functions, including a turnstile and queuing space. The hall is separated into two zones: a large one for staff venturing to airside facilities and a smaller area for employees leaving the airfield. A large architectural staircase connects the ground floor to a basement-level locker room that houses over 3,500 lockers, toilets, and showers. Uniform distribution, security and police offices, breakrooms, prayer rooms, personal banking and insurance facilities, and mechanical spaces round out the functional program.

Our design embraces a similar material palette and color scheme to the overall campus. The angled building shape forms the entry façade portal. The large security hall space is illuminated by the fully glazed, double-height portal on the landside entry and with skylights at the apex of the wedge formed massing. The airside exit features single-height glazing, and the building shape overhangs on both sides to offer weather protection. Metal panels, punched windows, and stone systems clad the rest of the building’s façade, and a prominent display of the THY logo at the entry curtainwall reinforces their brand.


As one of the first buildings to be completed, the ASG facility supports THY’s functional needs while serving as a strong beacon on the campus.