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A Symbol of the New Mumbai

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Air Traffic Control Tower
Mumbai, India

“Its sleek curves and angularity easily evoke images of flight, conjuring romantic notions of modernity and the adventure of travel.”

GVK brochure

The aerodynamic, sculptural form of the tower elevates the control center of Mumbai’s primary international airport and creates a signature element for the complex. 

As one of the tallest and most visible structures in Mumbai, the 275-foot-high air traffic control (ATC) tower makes an iconic statement in the city while serving as the airport’s control center. 

The ATC tower supports Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport’s vision of being a world-class airport with the best possible facilities, infrastructure and management. Featuring three floors at the base and four at the top, it is designed to meet an array of complex traffic control requirements while remaining highly flexible for future needs. 

Combining an architecturally dynamic form with the precise functional demands of an air traffic control tower, the design creates an interior environment that is safe, efficient and comfortable. Tower controllers are equipped with the latest technology, including electronic flight strips, and have unobstructed views of the entire operations area.

HOK collaborated with Arup on the project, which began as an international design competition. The team used building information modeling (BIM) to merge the requirements for the highest level of functionality with the desire to design a new landmark. 

The airport also adopted HOK’s master planning study, which ensures that the ATC tower fits harmoniously into the site and is responsive to the surrounding buildings.


43,050 sq. ft. / 4,000 sq. m.


Design and Planning Services


Autodesk Hong Kong – BIM Award

Indian Concrete Institute – Outstanding Concrete Structure Award 


275 feet

Height of tower – nearly equivalent to a 30-story building



21 October 2013
“Mumbai Inaugurates India’s Tallest Air Traffic Control Tower”
Air Traffic Management

19 October 2013
“India’s Tallest Air Traffic Control Tower Opens”
HOK News

18 October 2013
“Mumbai Gets India’s Tallest Air Traffic Control Tower”
DNA India