FGLA 2019 Merit: Chennai Airport

Commercial / 2nd Quarter 2019

FGLA 2019 Merit: Chennai Airport

The form of the airport terminal has been designed to take after a pair of wings in flight—the function of the two ‘wings’ is to serve as structural portals, culminating into a roof system to shade the airport. The buildings, with 300-metre twin wing-like ‘hovering’ roofs on both sides, provide shade to the south-facing elevation and protect departing passengers from heat gain.

View of the airport from the city

SPATIAL PLANNING

The H-shaped plan contributes to the efficiency of this airport. The seven visible facets have created transparent ingress to the terminal as how a conventional four-façade system would do in an ordinary terminal.

LANDSCAPING

Besides bringing visual respite for travellers, the vertical landscaping also helps blur the boundaries between inside and outside. The building has been designed around two green courtyards labelled as the central green spine. The two wings are connected by an elliptical glass tube that is positioned amidst the vertical landscaping, enabling visitors to walk among the greenery. The vertical gardens consist of stainless steel structural lattices to provide support for hanging plants.

Project NameChennai Airport
LocationChennai, India
Completion DateApril 2012
Site Area1,152 acres
Gross Floor Area200,000 square metres
Building Height25 metres
Client/OwnerAirport Authority of India
Architecture FirmCreative Group
Principle ArchitectsProf Charanjit Singh Shah; Ar Gurpeet Shah
Main ContractorsHPI; CCCL
Mechanical & Electrical EngineerM/s VS Kukreja Pvt Ltd
Civil & Structural EngineerCharu Engineering Consultants
Landscape ArchitectCreative Group
Environmental ConsultantCreative Group

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