The British firm was selected after a 12-week design competition, in which leading international architecture firms took part, said a statement issued on Wednesday by the airport.

Can an airport become a destination? The Navi Mumbai International Airport sure is making a strong pitch—Mumbai’s upcoming satellite airport will be designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, one of the world’s top architectural firms, the airport’s operator GVK announced today.

“Our vision is to establish one more landmark airport that will exceed the benchmarks that GVK had set whilst creating Terminal 2 at Mumbai Airport [Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International],” said GVK founder and Chairman and Navi M-umbai International Airport Limited Chairman GVK Reddy.

“We decided to go with Zaha Hadid Architects, a firm known for its ground-breaking and remarkable architecture. It also has the expertise of delivering a world-class airport design through a highly professional team

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 honoring its past – Cristiano Ceccato, Project Director, ZHA.

Zaha Hadid will also design the ATC Tower at Navi Mumbai International Airport as part of its first major project in the Indian sub-continent.

ZHA’s brief will encompass the design and execution of new NMIA terminal building, an Air Traffic Control Tower, and associated access. The airport will be situated across Mumbai Harbor, connected to the city by a planned rail link, and access to national rail networks. ZHA’s previous work in the airport sector includes the Beijing Daxing International Airport (pictured), which is slated to be the world’s largest airport terminal.

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