Navi Mumbai International Airport to be designed by Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid, founder of ZHA and award-winning British architect, died in March 2016 and the company is succeeded by her business partners

  • Navi Mumbai International Airport to be designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Navi Mumbai International Airport to be designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Navi Mumbai International Airport to be designed by Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), whose recent work was Beijing airport’s new Daxing terminal, will now construct and design the air traffic control (ATC) tower and Terminal 1 of the new airport in Navi Mumbai.

A statement issued on Wednesday by the airport described how Zaha Hadid Architects was assigned the task after a 12-week design competition. Many prominent architecture firms had participated in the competition and ZHA was selected for the job.

As a part of its contract, ZHA will oversee the procedure of overall design and execution of the terminal, ATC, and related area access. Officials said that ZHA was chosen on the basis of their presentation of the model. 

The Navi Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Limited will be the first Indian airport to be designed by ZHA. 

Zaha Hadid Architects was established in 1979 with a list of more than 950 projects across 44 countries to their name.

Some of ZHA’s major projects consist of 

  •  Olympic Aquatics Centre, London
  •  Heydar Aliyev Centre, Baku (Azerbaijan)
  •  The MAXXI Contemporary Arts Centre, Rome
  •  Guangzhou Opera House, China
  •  Al Wakrah Stadium for FIFA 2022, Qatar

Cristiano Ceccato, ZHA project director told Hindustan Times, “We are very proud to have been awarded the Navi Mumbai International Airport that will be a much-needed addition to Mumbai’s infrastructure and an additional gateway to India. Our ambition is for the design to speak to India’s future while celebrating its present and honouring its past.”

Mouzhan Majidi, ZHA CEO, thinks that the airport is a transformative and a unique project and they are looking forward to their partnership with GVK. Mouzhan plans to channel their efforts in developing NMIA into one of the most sustainable passenger-centric airports in the world. He sees the airport as an opportunity to contribute to India’s continued growth and success.

A GVK spokesperson told Hindustan Times,

We have to exceed the benchmark that was set in the making of CSIA’s Terminal 2 and ZHA brings that confidence to the table. Now that they are officially on board, they will start work on the design, which should be ready around the end of June 2018, the same time that the final master plan is presented to Cidco.”

Dr. GVK Reddy, founder, and chairman, GVK, and chairman NMIAL, explains that their vision is to establish one more landmark airport that exceeds the benchmarks that they had set through MIAL whilst creating Terminal 2 at Mumbai airport.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first phase on February 18 and ₹16,700 Cr were sanctioned for the airport. Although the airport was planned in 1997, the work just began last month. The project was planned as the second airport for the city but saw delays due to environmental and financial reasons. However, the first phase is all set to be completed by the end of 2019, with one runway and the terminal building complete and is estimated to assisting 10 million passengers per annum. By 2022, the second phase may be completed and will put the airport in use for 25 million passengers. And finally, with third and fourth phase completed in 2027 and 2031 respectively, the airport will handle 60 million passengers per annum.

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