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Update: Spaceport America / Foster + Partners

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© Nigel Young

In the summer of 2009, we shared Foster + Partners and URS Corporation spaceport project in New Mexico. The structure, which is the first spaceport in history, will host commercial operations by private space travel companies, such as Virgin Galactic. Today, we are sharing an update of the project as the Spaceport enjoyed its dedication ceremony a few days ago. Designed to meet LEED certification, The 110,000-plus square foot facility will feature energy-efficient techniques such as earth-tubes that will pre-condition the air to reduce HVAC costs by 50-70%. The architects explained, “The sinuous shape of the building in the landscape and its interior spaces seek to capture the drama and mystery of space flight itself, articulating the thrill of space travel for the first space tourists.”   More images after the break.

© Nigel Young
© Nigel Young
© Nigel Young
© Nigel Young
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© Mark Greenberg
© Mark Greenberg
Cite:Karen Cilento. "Update: Spaceport America / Foster + Partners" 01 Nov 2011. ArchDaily. Accesed . <http://www.archdaily.com/180713/update-spaceport-america-foster-partners/>