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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


Los Angeles International Airport in California by MOMENT FACTORY

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Article source: MOMENT FACTORY

Moment Factory was commissioned by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to work in collaboration with Marcela Sardi of Sardi Design and Mike Rubin of MRA International as the executive multimedia content producer for seven iconic media features at the New Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The result is the largest immersive multimedia system of any airport in the Americas. Our team created four hours of original video content, as well as multiple interactive capsules, using the latest in high-resolution imaging, 3D effects and even technologies that react directly to people’s movements and real-time airport information. Although the terminal was unveiled today, it will open to the public only late August or early September.

Image Courtesy © MOMENT FACTORY

  • Architects: MOMENT FACTORY
  • Project: Los Angeles International Airport
  • Location: California, United States

Terminal Connection in Copenhagen, Denmark by Danielsen Architecture

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Article source: Danielsen Architecture

Copenhagen Airport is continuously voted one of the best airports in the world and is a major hub in Scandinavia. As part of the Client goal to maintain this position the Terminal Connector was required to have iconic architectural presence while still being contextual with the existing terminal buildings. Further client requirements included, that the 300 meter long building was to function as a noise deflector at least 13 m high, and also provide a cantilevered roof for column-free bus parking area.

Image Courtesy © Danielsen Architecture

  • Architects: Danielsen Architecture
  • Project: Terminal Connection
  • Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Client: CPH Copenhagen Airport
  • Year: 2005-2007
  • General contractor: Promecon
  • Project area: 4500  m²
  • Engineer: Moe & Brødsgaard A/S
  • Budget: DKK 175 mill.
  • Project involvement: Competition Winner and Executing Architect


Airport and Control Tower Pamplona in Spain by Arquitectos Ayala

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

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.

Image courtesy Arquitectos Ayala 

  • Architects: Arquitectos Ayala
  • Project: Airport and Control Tower Pamplona
  • Location: Pamplona, Spain

Airport City Stockholm Urban Design Strategy in Stockholm, Sweden

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Article source: Spacescape

Developed by Spacescape, Airport City Stockholm, in cooperation with Swedavia Swedish Airports (state), Sigtuna municipality, and Arlandastad Holding (private real estate), has a new urban design strategy and urban plan that envisions a unique airport city which emphasizes urban qualities and places sustainability in focus. Such rapid expansion has placed distinct demands on planning, which has resulted in this collaborative effort. Creating these foundations, along with offering the world within walking distance, will increase value and attract even more people and businesses. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Image courtesy  Sandell Sandberg

  • Architects: Spacescape
  • Project: Airport City Stockholm Urban Design Strategy Proposal
  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden

CBD at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport in China by MVRDV

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Article source: MVRDV

Just weeks after winning the competition, construction has already started on this urban master plan for an office and retail centre near the fourth busiest airport in mainland China. The 4.5ha site is divided into a small northern plot of 8,409 m2 and a larger southern plot. The team won the competition with highly energy-efficient architecture combined with an intimate urban plan which allows for pedestrian-friendly spaces.

Image Courtesy MVRDV

  • Architects: MVRDV    
  • Project: CBD at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport
  • Location: Shanghai, China


Airbaltic Passenger Terminal in Riga, Latvia by MSB Arquitectos + ahad Arquitectos

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Article source: MSB Arquitectos + ahad Arquitectos

This work opens our participation with ahead – architects, based in London, a studio which we now have a partnership. Our scheme sets the terminal building in the middle of the two piers, demonstrating a strong connection with both of them. The continuous language of form, materials and expression shape both interior and exterior of the terminal. Further-more, the proposed design is intended to be read as one object; one entity where both piers play an inner complicity.

Image Courtesy MSB Arquitectos + ahad Arquitectos

  • Architects: MSB Arquitectos + ahad Arquitectos
  • Project: Airbaltic Passenger Terminal
  • Location: Riga, Latvia
  • Year: 2010


Official Opening of Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan by Foster + Partners

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Article source: Foster + Partners

Today marked the official opening of Queen Alia International Airport, the spectacular new gateway to Amman. The airport has a highly efficient passive design, which has been inspired by local traditions, and is based on a flexible modular solution that allows for future expansion – the new building secures the city’s position as the main hub for the Levant region and allows the airport to grow by 6 per cent per annum for the next twenty-five years, increasing capacity from 3.5 million to 12 million passengers per annum by 2030.

Image Courtesy © Nigel Young

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Project: Official Opening of Queen Alia International Airport
  • Location: Amman, Jordan
  • Photography: Nigel Young


Extension of gate A at Frankfurt airport in Germany by Gmp-Architects

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Article source: Gmp-Architects

About 800 meters long, with a square area of 185,000 square meters and designed for up to six million passengers a year.

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 will take place on 2 October. The new A+ gate extends the areas used by Lufthansa at Terminal 1 and was required independently of the extension of the airport extension program, in order to be able to adequately serve the Airbus A380 and Boeing B747-8 wide-body aircraft. gmp’s commission included the new construction of the link between gates A and A+, also called the “root”, the baggage claim area A, the required conversions of existing structures in Terminal 1 as well as the new construction of gate A+.

Image Courtesy © Marcus Bredt

  • Architects: Gmp · Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
  • Project: Extension of gate A at Frankfurt airport
  • Location: Frankfurt, Germany
  • Photography: Marcus Bredt
  • Dimensions:

    • Footprint Area: 45,000 square meters
    • Gross Floor Area: 188,000 square meters
    • Existing Building Converted: 12,000 square meters
    • Gross Volume: 960,000 cubic meters
    • Length of Overall Project: 885 meters
    • Length of Gate A+ Building: 650 meters
    • Height of Gate A+ Building: 22 meters
    • Glass Façades: 15,000 square meters


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