Yesterday, a consortium led by Foster + Partners and Fernando Romero of FR-EE were announced as the winners of the competition for the design of Mexico City‘s new international airport. Designed in conjunction with a masterplan developed by Arup, the airport will initially include three runways, but is designed to expand to up to six runways by 2062, all served by the single terminal building.
One of the world’s largest airport terminals at 555,000 square meters, the building is enclosed by a single, continuous lightweight gridshell, the largest of this type of structure ever built with spans reaching up to 170 meters. By utilizing a single airport terminal, passengers will not need to travel on internal train services or underground tunnels, and the design of the building ensures shorter walking distances and few changes of level, all making for a more relaxing experience for users.
The building is designed to be the world’s most sustainable airport, with the single lightweight shell using far less material than a cluster of buildings, and cooling and ventilation strategies that require little to no mechanical assistance for most of the year.
More details of the design after the break
Location: Interior (Av. Rio Mixcoac) 73 Piso 7, Insurgentes Mixcoac, Benito Juarez, 03920 Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Design Team: Javier Sánchez, Juan Ignacio Reyes, Sofía Villarreal, Lucía Villers, Silvia Mejía, Francisco Martinez, Alejandro Elí
Area: 1500.0 sqm
Photographs: Jaime Navarro
Architects: TACHER Arquitectos
Location: Zapopan, JAL, Mexico
Project Architect: Arq. Alberto Tacher, Arq. Sara Tamez, Arq. Oswin Guzmán
Design Team: Arq. Daniel Zepeda, Arq. Mónica Rivera, Arq. Jessica Tirado
Project Area: 149,727 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Mito Covarrubias, Gerardo Cárdenas, Alejandro Fournier
Mexico’s pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale is centered on Octavio Paz’s reflections on the contraposition between tradition and modernity. Echoing the request from Rem Koolhaas that the national pavilions focus on the theme Absorbing Modernity 1914-2014, Paz’s writings establish that “…modernity, for the last one hundred years has been our style. It is the universal style. Wanting to be modern seems like madness, we are condemned to be modern.”
Architects Julio Gaeta and Luby Springall use this reflection as the starting point for their curatorial project, designing the pavilion to show two story paths: one traditional and one modern. This concept is executed through the selection of works emblematic of Mexican modernity juxtaposed with works, events and interviews that influence architecture.
Check out photos from the pavilion along with the official text from the curators after the break.
Architects: Trama Arquitectos
Location: Puerto Vallarta, JAL, Mexico
Architect In Charge: Jaime Castiello, Héctor Santana, Edgardo Sandoval y Carlos Haro
Co Workers: Livier Miramontes, Manuel Haro, Carmen Espinosa, Jorge Ignacio Gutiérrez, Jaime Castiello Gómez Verea, Fernando Castiello, Carlos Rodríguez, Miguel Martínez, Héctor Lozano, Beatriz Orozco, Mario Rodríguez, Hugo Yáñez, Susana Cortés, Juan Carlos Barriga
Landscape: West8 urban design & landscape architecture + Estudio 3.14
Urban Furniture: West8 urban design & Estudio 3.14
Structural: Constructora Cautín S.A. de C.V., Ing. Roberto Dávalos
Construction: Géminis Internacional S.A. de C.V., Vifeg S.A. de C.V. y Duo S.A de C.V
Area: 20000.0 sqm
Photographs: Alejandro Cartagena