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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Contemporary airport design 3

Miami international airport, USAby rizo carreno & partners with borelli & associates (2007)

the south terminal expansion at miami international airport is the largest new building project 
that the miami-dade county has ever taken on for the airport. running from concourse H to concourse J, 
the terminal is connected by a series of sky bridges for easy navigation. like many other airports, 
the passenger's overall experience and orientation is heightened through the use of natural light, 
that runs through the high volume, multilevel spaces which are visually connected by moving walkways.

rizo carreno & partners:

toronto pearson international airport, canada
by moshe safdie and associates (2007)

known for its arc-shaped roofing, toronto's pearson airport design emphasizes transparency, 
natural light and ease of orientation. the sky-lit vaulted ceilings run the entire length of the airport's piers, 
with the larger international pier ending with a crescent-shaped 'hammerhead'. 

moshe safdie and associates:

shanghai pudong international airport, terminal 2, china
by rogers stirk harbour + partners (2007)

built to accommodate as much traffic as other major international airports, the pudong international airport's
sculptural design of organic forms has become a symbol of china's progress.

richard stirk harbour + partners:

abu dhabi airport, terminal 2, dubai
by paul andreu (2000-2005)

designed by the french architect, paul andreu, abu dhabi's, united arab emirates,
terminal 2 is an expression of the achievements which the UAE have gained culturally,
environmentally and economically. the particularly graphic approach which adorns the airport's interior,
speaks of the bold colours and patterns of the culture and its people.

paul andreu:

madrid barajas airport, spain
by roger stirk harbour + partners (1997-2005)

another one of roger stirk harbour's airport designs, except much more impressive than
london's T5 at heathrow airport. madrid barajas airport is a structural progression of space.
the modular design sequence of waves is formed by large prefabricated steel wings.
the great roof is held up by structural trees which are punctuated by roof lights,
controlling the natural sunlight that pours through the terminal's upper level.

the terminal is constructed from a simple list of materials, including a ceiling that is clad in bamboo strips.
the structural trees are painted in such a way to provide long vista of gradual color that extends the
1km length of the terminal. there are also light filled 'canyons' which divide the parallel floors
what accommodate passengers at their various points of check-in

roger stirk harbour + partners:

zaragoza airport, spain
by vidal + asociados arquitectos (2005)

inspired by natural forms of the earth, the airport was built to accommodate visitors to the
water and sustainability festival, with the architectural design involving 11 modules that are
set in alternative ways to mimic the movement of water.

vidal + asociados arquitectos:

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