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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Riga International Airport Winning Proposal in Latvia by Narud Stokke Wiig Architects & Planners, Haptic Architects and Griff Arkitektur

February 28th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Narud Stokke Wiig Architects & Planners, Haptic Architects and Griff Arkitektur

Narud Stokke Wiig Architects & Planners, Haptic Architects and Griff Arkitektur have won the open international competition for the new airBaltic terminal at Riga International Airport.The competition called for “design concepts, both architectural and functional that best captured the aspirations and brand identity of airBaltic”.  The first phase will accommodate 7-8 million passengers per annum, whilst the new terminal will eventually cater for 14 million passengers. The organising committee received 125 entries from 70 countries.


Interior View

A one level passenger terminal is proposed in order to optimally cater for the large percentage of transit passengers and the relatively low percentage of O/D passengers.  This gives very simple flows of passengers and minimises level changes, while providing high exposure to the centrally located commercial offers, both for departing, arriving and transit passengers.


The terminal roof is inspired by the gently undulating forms of the Latvian landscape, with peaks and troughs responding to internal configuration and passenger flows.  Internally, the roof soffit is composed of a hexagonal timber grid shell, with infill of timber or clear and diffused glass to control daylighting and acoustics, whilst providing dramatic variation across the entirety of the roofscape.  This composition of light, shade, depth and colour is derived from the spectacular forest canopies throughout Latvia, whilst the hexagonal pattern relates to the country’s history of geometrical patternwork.


The roof is however highly functional. Large overhangs to the east and west provide shade from low lying sun. Rainwater is captured in the valleys and reused in the terminal building and landscape. Rooflights are distributed strategi­cally across the roof to provide natural daylight and reduce the need for electrical lighting.


Aerial View

Site Plan

Exploded View

Diagram Skylights

Diagram Rainwater

Diagram Overhangs



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