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Key Aeronautical Developments from around the World – Built Environment

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Key Contemporary Air Terminal Buildings + Developments

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Airport Architecture from across the globe. The most celebrated terminal from the 20th Century is JFK Airport near New York. Its organic forms captured the imagination of a generation of architects. In recent decades the most important air terminal is surely Chep Lap Kok by Froster + Partners near Hong Kong. It took the same spacious concepts that he developed for Stansted in England (now sadly spoilt by a profusion of retail) but magnified in size, an elegant approach that has improved the experience of so many as they travel through it.

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Chhatrapti Shivaji International Airport Terminal 2 Building, Mumbai, India
Architects: Skimore, Owings & Merrill LLP – SOM
Chhatrapti Shivaji International Airport Building
photo © Robert Polidori

Chhatrapti Shivaji International Airport Terminal Building

HIA Airport City, Doha, Qatar
Design: OMA
Airport City Building Doha
image from architect

Airport City Buildings Doha – 13 Mar 2013
Rem Koolhaas commented “We are delighted and honored to participate in the exciting growth of Doha, in a project that is perhaps the first serious effort anywhere in the world to interface between an international airport and the city it serves.”
Partner-in-charge Iyad Alsaka commented “Doha’s Airport City is an important addition to the realization of OMA’s work in urbanism and will incorporate unprecedented transport planning opportunities; we look forward to collaborating with the HIA to meet the objectives of this ambitious project.”

New Gibraltar Airport Building
Design: 3DReid and bblur Architecture
Gibraltar Airport Building
photo : Hufton & Crow

Gibraltar Airport Building – 15 Jan 2013
Gibraltar Airport’s uniquely situated new terminal building is modern, dynamic, transparent and airy. The new terminal is the first building visitors will see when they enter Gibraltar by air, road or on foot and is located immediately at the frontier, with the Rock as a backdrop.

Frankfurt Airport : Extension of gate A, Germany
gmp – von Gerkan, Marg & Partners
Frankfurt Airport building
photo © Marcus Bredt, Berlin

Frankfurt Airport – 2 Oct 2012
This building is about 800 meters long, with an area of 185,000 sqm and designed for up to six million passengers a year. On 10 October 2012, Fraport and Lufthansa start operations in the extension of gate A at Rhein-Main airport, Frankfurt, which has been designed and implemented by the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp). The inauguration of the building will take place on 2 October.

London Britannia Airport, Thames Estuary, England
London Britannia Airport : Thames Estuary Terminal
image from architects

London Britannia Airport – 5 Sep 2012
The world’s largest floating airport would be faster and cheaper to build; London Britannia Airport could provide the UK with its first 24/7 airport within the next decade. Today global design firm Gensler reveals its concept for a new London aviation hub. London Britannia Airport (LBA) would position the capital as the global gateway for Europe in what would be the world’s most innovative infrastructure development this century – whilst reducing environmental impact, cost and disruption to London.

Tampa International Airport Expansion, Florida, USA
Alfonso Architects
Tampa International Airport
image : Alfonso Architects

Tampa International Airport Building Expansion – 17 Jul 2012
Alfonso Architects along with The Beck Group has been awarded the $17 million design build project at Tampa International Airport. The complex expansion will include 30,000 sq. ft. of additional space and a 40,000 sq. ft. renovation of existing space at Airside F. Project design starts this month with completion of the first phase by the end of 2012 and the entire upgrade finished by August 2013.The terminal, which originally opened in 1987, handles most of the international flights including daily non-stop service to London and four weekly flights to Cuba.

Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal, UAE
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Abu Dhabi Airport Building
image from Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal Building – 6 Feb 2012
Tthe new Midfield Terminal Complex at Abu Dhabi International Airport has been approved by the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi. With ground works already commenced on site, a contractor will now be appointed to commence work on the construction of the Terminal Complex

Recent Airport Building Designs

Kutaisi Airport, Georgia
Ben van Berkel / UNStudio
Kutaisi Airport Building
picture © UNStudio

Kutaisi Airport Building – 23 Nov 2011

Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Winnipeg Airport
photo from architects

Winnipeg Airport Building – 31 Oct 2011
Canada’s greenest airport terminal, designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in collaboration with Stantec, opened Sunday at the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport. The terminal, which draws design inspiration from Manitoba’s vast prairies and sky, will be the first freestanding airport building in Canada to be LEED certified.

Domodedovo Airport, Moscow, Russia
Domodedovo Airport
picture from architects
Domodedovo Airport Building – 31 Oct 2011
RMJM awarded Segment 3 of Domodedovo Airport’s United Terminal. The RMJM European studio has been awarded the contract to design Segment 3 of the United Terminal of Domodedovo Airport in Moscow. It will be designed by RMJM in Edinburgh and Moscow and will increase the airports current capacity by 16.5 million passengers per year, with construction expected to be complete in 2017.

Kuwait International Airport
Foster + Partners
Kuwait International Airport
picture : Foster + Partners

Kuwait International Airport – 4 Oct 2011
Kuwait International Airport is planned to significantly increase capacity and establish a new regional air hub in the Gulf – the project’s strategic aims will be matched by a state-of-the-art terminal building, which will provide the highest levels of comfort for passengers and will set a new environmental benchmark for airport buildings. Its design is rooted in a sense of place, responsive to the climate of one of the hottest inhabited environments on earth and inspired by local forms and materials.

Airport Terminal Buildings

Major Terminal Buildings / Projects, alphabetical:

Arctic Airport, Norway
Narud Stokke Wiig / Haptic Architects
Arctic Airport Rana
image from NSW

Arctic Airport
Bangalore Airport Building, India
HOK Architects
Bangalore Airport Building
image : HOK

Bangalore Airport Building
Bangkok International Airport, Thailand
Helmut Jahn of Murphy/Jahn Architects
Suvarnabhumi Airport building
photo : Rainer Viertlböck

Suvarnabhumi Airport
Barajas Airport Terminal, Madrid, Spain
Richard Rogers Partnership, Estudio Lamela
Barajas Airport architecture
building image : Manuel Renau

Barajas Airport architecture
Barcelona Airport, Prat of Llobregat, Spain
Ricardo Bofill, Architect
Barcelona Airport building
photo : Adrian Welch

Barcelona Airport
Capital Airport, Beijing, China
Foster + Partners
Beijing Airport Building
image : Nigel Young, Foster + Partners

Beijing Airport
Carrasco International Airport, Uruguay
Rafael Vinoly Architects
Carrasco Airport building
picture from architect

Carrasco Airport building, Montevideo
Chep Lap Kok Airport, Hong Kong
Foster + Partners
Chep Lap Kok Airport
photograph : Dennis Gilbert/VIEW

Chep Lap Kok Airport, Lantau Island
Christchurch Terminal, New Zealand
HASSELL + Warren and Mahoney
Christchurch Airport Building
picture © Stantiall Studio

Christchurch Airport Terminal
Copenhagen Airport buildings, Denmark
Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects
Copenhagen Airport Terminal
photo from VLA

Copenhagen Airport Terminal
Delhi Airport Building, India
HOK Architects
Delhi Airport
image : HOK

Delhi Airport Building
Dublin T2 Airport, Ireland
Pascall + Watson Architects
Dublin T2 Airport
image from architects

Dublin Airport
Farnborough Airport, England, UK
REID architecture
Farnborough Airport Building
photo from REID architecture

Farnborough Airport

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