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Mexico City’s new international airport, set to measure some 555,000-square metres, will be home to a terminal designed by one of the biggest names in architecture.
Earlier this month, Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto announced Foster + Partners, FR-EE (Fernando Romero Enterprise) and NACO (Netherlands Airport Consultants) was the winning team behind an international competition for the new terminal’s design.
The $9 billion airport would become one of the world’s biggest upon completion. The single, compact terminal will be enclosed within a continuous gridshell, from roof to walls. The flowing style is meant to be “evocative of flight” according to Fosters + Partners.
The scale of the space has been called “monumental” with spans in excess of of 100 metres, or three times that of a typical airport. Made of lightweight glass and steel, the vaulted roof and soaring heights were inspired by Mexican architecture and symbolism. At its highest peak, it will span 170 metres.
“There will be nothing else like it in the world,” said Lord Norman Foster in a news release. Foster + Partners is known for their work on a number of landmarks, including 30 St Mary Axe in London, also known as The Gherkin, and the firm received the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1999.
The pre-fabricated system being used for construction will translate into faster building speeds as there will be no need for scaffolding. The airport also has LEED Platinum aspirations and will harness solar power, collect rainwater and use displacement ventilation principles to pump fresh air into the terminal. In fact, the structure will be maintained almost entirely by outside air, with little or no additional heating or cooling required.
Because it’s just one large terminal, walking distances for travelers will be shorter since they won’t have to use underground tunnels or internal trains. See the rest of the futuristic renderings here:
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