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.
New Control Tower Airport in Cluj-Napoca, Roumania by Kubota & Bachmann Architects
March 19th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Kubota & Bachmann Architects
At the beginning of the 21st century, Cluj’s new control tower is the beacon and a symbol for Cluj’s architecture.
The tower is functional, alluring and green.
In our time, the reflection and integration of ecological standards seems mandatory.
Administrative and technical building
The « passive house » and the concrete constructions have both minimized openings given by three triple glazed windows. This construction is optimal for insulation and to avoid energy leakage. It is also very useful in blocking noise pollution created by airplanes.
The double glazing creates an abstract and sophisticated architecture within the airport. The insulation and soundproofing underline are the concept of ecological architecture. Thanks to the technique built on the facade, when spring time arrives, the temperatures allow the use of night ventilation.
The vegetated roof increases thermal insulation of the building and matches the plantations made on the third runway.
The control tower
The tower is composed of four elements (Black Glass Box, Golden box, Core and LED screen Box)
The vigie is a black box made of glass with a 360 degree view over Cluj’s airport.
T2 is a weave steel golden box. The meshing has different densities according to the facade orientations. This material allows a good visibility from inside the north Operational Contingency tower. An Led screen is also integrated under the box surface.
The core is an extruded square with a length of 8.1m and height of 6.2m, which integrates a staircase, an elevator and two technical shafts. The distortion of the twisted square results from the gap between the two Strada TraianVuia axes, the runway RWY07-25 and the existing terminals. The twisted form reinforces the structure’s core which is key for its stability. Cluj’s airport catches an average wind of 5 KTS over the course of a year.
On the north-east corner, we installed five wind turbines of 2.4m x 0.9m, this implementation is ideal to retrieve winter’s north-east winds and north-west winds in the summer time.
The third runway is a symbolical runway built as a long strip of landscape. It is composed of various plantations including flowers, grass, bushes and vegetable gardens. The strip lies in front of the tower, respecting the tower’s visibility.
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