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.
Airport and Control Tower Pamplona in Spain by Arquitectos Ayala
May 28th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Arquitectos Ayala
Obviously a container for hundreds or thousand of people that appears in front of these large planes is different, at first, of any other building. But for that very reason, to try to compete in size with these airplanes is something useless that never is achieved by any construction no matter how massive. We have had the luck to be able to project a new plan, which was required to be of medium size and moderate proportions.
Our aim is for the size of the airplane to enter visually right into the interior of the main hall. This is a hall that occupies the whole length of the building with a central lung where it gets wider and where the boarding area will be placed facing the bar-restaurant. From the exterior one can see, through the cafeteria’s windows, the center of the hall with a height of12 m., the court yard that separates us from the boarding are and, at the far end, the flight field and the planes.
Five large courtyards separate each of the different uses, obtaining the feeling of bigger spaces and a larger airport. On other hand, it is usual to find airport buildings permanently artificial illuminated. In this case, in addition to the glass façade, everything happens among landscaped courtyards and the whole hall has zenith light coming through some large skylights.
The scale is measured against its surroundings. In the channel of Giuddecca, inVenice, the big luxury cruise ships that we see passing impress us for their size, but in the middle of the ocean, they loose a part of their massive character. Here, we tried make large the small things by placing in the building some courtyards that enlarge it, lengthen it and incorporate it in the large space of the flight field.
CONTROL TOWER: Even though the needs of the program do not allow, at first sight, to project a graceful tower, now it is there its gracefulness is evident, as the transparent skin that surrounds the tower allows to see the stair’s slim skeleton and its central core, after sunset, when it is artificially illuminated.
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