The airport terminal is intended to be used by around 3.5 million domestic travellers a year, although it is presently handling international traffic pending the completion of the main terminal. In view of its relatively low capacity, it was designed without docking bridges: the idea was to create a permeable building, with interflowing, visually linked spaces from the point of arrival to the departure gates. This was achieved through a large-span structural system (each of the three halls spans 68 metres) and the use of large glass skins and transparent partitions. Design was finished in 8 months (including tendering), construction in 13 months.
Sabiha Gökçen Airport Terminal Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2007.
In the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, projects enrolled in the nomination process are documented by the architect(s). In addition to submitting images and drawings, architects are asked to complete a detailed questionnaire pertaining to use, cost, environmental and climatic factors, construction materials, building schedule, and, more importantly, design concepts and each project's significance within its own context and to present the project in two A3 panels.