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Air Traffic Control Center ATCC IN Ljubljana, Slovenia by SADAR + VUGA

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Article source: SADAR + VUGA New Air Traffic Control Center at the Ljubljana airport, comprising air control center with 24/7 amenities and office premises, is a highly demanding and complex object due to the nature of the institution it hosts. It is designed to enable safety and high operational activity as well as consistent comfort for visitors and staff 24 hours a day all year around.

Image Courtesy © SADAR+VUGA

Image Courtesy © SADAR+VUGA

  • Architects:  SADAR + VUGA
  • Project: Air Traffic Control Center ATCC
  • Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Type: Infrastructure
  • Source: Public tender, selected project
  • Client: Slovenia Control, Slovenian Air Navigation Services, Ltd.
  • Site: Airport Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Site area: 7,996 m2


Koltsovo Airport in Ekaterinburg, Russia by Nefaresearch

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Article source: Nefaresearch

When Boris Voskoboynikov and Nefaresearch architectural studio were commissioned to design the VIP-lounge of the Ekaterinburg airport, the management was so impressed with the sketches of architects, that the offer to execute the reconstruction of the departure hall came immediately.

Image Courtesy © Alexey Knyazev

Image Courtesy © Alexey Knyazev

  • Architects: Nefaresearch
  • Project: Koltsovo Airport
  • Location: Ekaterinburg, Russia
  • Photography: Alexey Knyazev
  • Design: Boris Voskoboinikov Architectural studio NEFARESEARCH
  • Authors: Chief Architect: Boris Voskoboynikov
  • Project Architects: Maria Akhremenkova, Dmitry Ovcharov, Elena Potemkina, Victor Kolupaev
  • Technical engineers: Nasonova Maria, Elena Mertsalova, Margarita Kornienko
  • Lighting designer: George Kelekhsaev
  • Project Management: Daria Turkina
  • Contractor: \”Uralbuilding\”
  • Custom-made furniture: \”Furniture of the case\”
  • Supply of lamps for general lighting: “Trinova”; “VIART”
  • Corian Counters: “SMILE”
  • Flooring: concrete, granite, supplier – \”RomeRu\”
  • VIP-lounge area: 506 sq. m
  • Reconstruction of the departure lounge area: 6000 square meters. m
  • Project and realization: 2012 – 2014 period.


New Control Tower Airport in Cluj-Napoca, Roumania by Kubota & Bachmann Architects

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

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.

Image Courtesy © Kubota & Bachmann Architects

  • Architects: Kubota & Bachmann Architects
  • Project: New Control Tower Airport
  • Location: Cluj-Napoca, Roumania
  • Client: RA Romatsa
  • Type of Competition: Open Competition
  • Program: Control Tower, Technical and Administrative Building
  • Construction Area: 2 500m²
  • Building Area: 1 000 m²
  • Usable Floor Area: 1 023 m²
  • Gross Floor Area: 1 426m²
  • Building Hight: 42.80 m
  • Result (January 2014): 6th prix
  • Competition entry submission: 17th December 2013
  • Change in Architects: Toshihiro KUBOTA, Francisco MARTINEZ, Ikbal BOUAITA, Pierre VOIRIN
  • Local Architect: Klara L. VEER
  • Translation: Cathrine Baciu, François VOIRIN
  • Structure Engineer: Bollinger+Grohmann Ingenieure
  • Perspectives: Jigen


Friday, February 28th, 2014

Article source: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Ten years ago, Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport welcomed six million passengers per year through its gates; today it serves nearly five times that number. With the city’s emergence as India’s financial capital and the country’s rapidly expanding and economically mobile middle class, the existing airport infrastructure proved unable to support the growing volume of domestic and global traffic, resulting in frequent delays. By orchestrating the complex web of passengers and planes into a design that feels intuitive and responds to the region’s rocketing growth, the new Terminal 2 asserts the airport’s place as a preeminent gateway to India.

Image courtesy of SOM; Photographer, Robert Polidori / © Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd.

  • Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
  • Location: Mumbai, India
  • Photography: Robert Polidori
  • Client: GVK, Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd.
  • Structural Engineer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
  • Architect and Engineer of Record: Larsen & Toubro Limited
  • MEP Engineer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
  • Cultural Design Collaboration: Abu Jani – Sandeep Khosla

Jackson Hole Airport in Wyoming by Gensler

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Article source: Gensler

The Jackson Hole Airport, the only U.S. airport located inside a National Park, is the gateway to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National parks. The project involved the renovation of an existing baggage-claim area, the expansion of the ticketing lobby and hold rooms, and the addition of a new baggage-screening building. The renovation and expansion nearly doubled the size of the airport to about 116,000 square feet.

Image Courtesy © Tim Griffith

  • Architects: Gensler 
  • Project: Jackson Hole Airport
  • Location: Wyoming, U.S.A
  • Photography: Tim Griffith, Matthew Millman
  • Owner: Jackson Hole Airport
  • Associate Architect: Carney Logan Burke Architects
  • Baggage Systems: BNP Associates, Inc.
  • Engineer Civil: Jacobs Carter Burgess
  • Engineer Electrical and Mechanical: Swanson Rink
  • Engineer Structural: Martin/Martin
  • General Contractor: Wadman Corporation
  • Landscape Design: Hershberger Design

International Airport, Airport Expansion Terminal 3 in Shenzhen Bao’an, China by Studio Fuksas

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Article source: Studio Fuksas

The highly anticipated new terminal at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, Guangdong, China, will be operational from the 28 November, 2013. The first airport by acclaimed architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas it is set to become an iconic landmark that will boost the economic development of Shenzhen – one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. Won by international competition, it has undergone a remarkably rapid process of design and construction, completing within 3 years. The client, Shenzhen Airport (Group) Co., is so pleased with the striking design that it is taking the unusual step of trying to copyright it.

Image Courtesy © Studio Fuksas

  • Architects: Studio Fuksas
  • Project: International Airport, Airport Expansion Terminal 3
  • Location: Shenzhen Bao’an, China
  • Dates: 2008 – 2013. International competition won in 2008 over finalists including Foster + Partners (UK), Foreign Office Architects (UK), Gmp International (Germany), Kisho Kurokawa (Japan), Reiser+Umemoto (USA)
  • Size: 500,000 sq.m., 5,381,955 sq.ft (approximately)
  • Interior design: Fuksas Design – internet-point, check-in ‘island’, security-check, gates, passport-check areas, shop box, baggage-claim ‘islands’, info-point, ventilation trees, signage, commercial desk and washrooms
  • Client: Shenzhen Airport (Group) Co., Ltd.
  • Developer: Shenzhen Planning Bureau; Shenzhen Airport (Group) Co., Ltd.
  • Contractor: China State Construction Engineering Corporation, Beijing, Structures, façade and parametric design: Knippers Helbig Engineering, Stuttgart, NY
  • Architect of record: BIAD (Beijing Institute of Architectural Design), Beijing
  • Lighting consulting: Speirs & Major Associates, Edinburgh, London
  • Materials: Steel with a concrete substructure. 52,000 tonnes of steel was used, with an additional 260,000 tonnes of reinforcement. It has won the ‘Steel Gold Award (National Quality Engineering)’.
  • Sustainability: The design has been optimised to make best use of natural ventilation and light. Photovoltaics will meet the electricity demand of T3, making about 950 million electricity units each year. Future photovoltaic generation is expected to reach a capacity of 10MW that will be used to support the electronic devices of the entire airport.
  • Cost: 734,000,000 Euros
  • Orientation: The main building includes two-storey underground and four layers above the ground (partial five storeys). The fourth floor is the departure hall. The third floor is connected with the domestic departing passengers channel and the center of it is the international joint inspection zone, luggage collection/checkpoint and the office area located on both sides. The domestic passage channel, luggage claim hall and part of the office area are on the second floor. At the north east part of the first floor is the international departure hall. Its center is used for the international joint inspection zone and also the luggage claim hall. In front of the first floor stand the CIP lounges. Between it and the main building stands the outdoor courtyard.

Nacala International Airport in Mozambique by Fernandes Arquitetos Associados

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Article source: Fernandes Arquitetos Associados

Nacala is a city located in Mozambique, Africa. It is positioned in an important international air route, but despite that, it lacks of an airport. The closest airfield was located at two hours of distance, which made difficult to meet the local demand, driven by intense port activities.

Image Courtesy © Fernandes Arquitetos Associados

King David the Builder’ International Airport in Kutaisi, Georgia by UNStudio

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Article source: UNStudio

Kutaisi International Airport serves domestic and international flights for use by tourists, national politicians and international diplomats. The airport will become a central hub, with up to one million travellers targeted in 2014-2015, celebrating a leisure or activity holiday anywhere in the ever more popular destination of Georgia.

Image Courtesy © Nakaniamasakhlisi

  • Architects: UNStudio
  • Project: King David the Builder’ International Airport
  • Location: Kutaisi, Georgia
  • Photography: Nakaniamasakhlisi
  • Client: master plan and terminal: United Airports of Georgia LLC, Air Traffic Control Tower, offices and meteorological building: Sakaeronavigatsia Ltd.
  • Building surface: terminal 4,500m2, Control Tower and offices 1,800m2
  • Height Air Traffic Control Tower: 55m.
  • Building site: 12,000 m2
  • Programme: International Airport Terminal, Air Traffic Control Tower and Offices for Navigation
  • Timing: Concept Design 2011, design development and construction 2012-2013
  • Status: Completed
  • Structural consultant: MTM kft. Budapest
  • MEP consultant: SMG-SISU kft. Budapest
  • Landscape: OR else

Terminal 2 Heathrow Airport in London, England by LUIS VIDAL + ARCHITECTS

Saturday, September 7th, 2013


The new Terminal 2A at Heathrow Airport, now nearing completion, will give a sense of delight and ease to passengers which has been missing from air travel for too long. This delightful experience has been created in a project that has satisfied stringent requirements for timescale and budget.

Image Courtesy © LHR Airports Limited

  • Project: Terminal 2 Heathrow Airport
  • Location: London, England
  • Photography: LHR Airports Limited

Thames Hub proposal to Airports Commission by Foster + Partners

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Article source: Foster + Partners

The Thames Hub Airport is a bold and deliverable vision, not just to maintain the UK’s global aviation hub status, but to significantly enhance that status. The airport will be a sustainable economic resource, which will reinforce London’s position as the world’s global city, transform the Thames Gateway and help to secure prosperity for people and businesses across the UK by enabling them to connect and trade with a rapidly changing world. Open in the next decade and privately funded in a way that ensures it is globally competitive, the airport will provide jobs and improve people’s quality of life, enhance the natural environment and help to reduce Britain’s carbon footprint. This is a vision that must be embraced for the sake of future generations.

Image Courtesy © dbox_Foster + Partners

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners

Strategic Context

This vision for the Thames Hub Airport has been developed within the context of the long-term challenges that the UK needs to address. The population is growing rapidly and is expected to reach 70 million by 2026, with the number of households projected to rise 27% by 2033.2,3 Much of that growth will be in the South East, with London expected to accommodate over one million extra people, predominantly to the east of the capital – an area in desperate need of regeneration. To achieve the level of economic growth needed to provide enough jobs, the UK must rebalance its economy, both geographically, in redressing the North-South divide, and by sector, in augmenting its lead in services with growth in high value manufacturing.

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners

4 To support this rebalancing, there is a need to develop 21st century, high quality and sustainable transport and energy networks across the UK, as part of a wider strategy to decarbonise the economy. As other countries rapidly develop competing hub airports, served increasingly by long range aircraft, they pose a real threat to the UK’s global aviation hub status and as a nation we have to properly address the country’s long-term aviation requirements.

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners

The Government’s Aviation Policy Framework recognizes the need for a significant increase in airport capacity, as long as the resultant level of carbon emissions remains within domestic and international climate change targets. 5 Delivering such an increase in capacity would provide the international connectivity, particularly to fast-growing emerging economies, for passengers and goods that the UK needs over the long term to compete in the global race to facilitate trade, encourage inward investment and secure more jobs.

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners

Existing Situation

Heathrow Airport is the UK’s only hub airport and for over half a century it has led the development of global aviation outside North America. It has given the UK a competitive advantage that it needs to maintain.

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners

The case for more hub capacity has been looked at since the late 1960s, but its provision has been thwarted by the lack of a political consensus. Heathrow is now full and cannot be expanded on the scale required, due to its location, the predominant South Westerly winds and the scale of surrounding urban development, as any expansion would continue to inflict unacceptable levels of aircraft noise on Londoners.

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners

The lack of spare capacity at the airport limits opportunities to connect with emerging economies, as well as having a significant negative impact on the passenger experience. Major delays are routinely built into aircraft arrival and departure schedules, with consequent increases in noise, carbon emissions and pollutants. When incidents occur at the airport, the lack of resilience has serious knock-on impacts for passengers and freight. 6 The lack of capacity also means that Heathrow has the world’s highest airline charges, has less air traffic movements (ATMs) and serves fewer destinations than Paris Charles de Gaulle and Frankfurt. 7 All are severe restrictions on Britain’s ability to compete.

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners

UK regional passengers, who already suffer from poor public transport access to Heathrow, have seen reductions in domestic air services to and from Heathrow. As a result, they are increasingly flying to competitor European and Middle Eastern hubs rather than using Heathrow, resulting in longer end-to-end journey times and higher carbon emissions.

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners


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