Designed by Fernandes Arquitetos, the Nacala airport aims at better utilization of natural lighting and ventilation, reducing consumption of power associated with the use of artificial lighting and mechanical ventilation systems. It will have water intakes and sewage treatment for irrigation of green areas. The building proposed is basically on the ground floor, where the functional program that meets the operation and passengers is developed, like the check-in area and boarding and arrival rooms, which are located in the north and south wings. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The city of Nacala is located in Mozambique (Africa) and its main source of development is in the port. The growth of port activities and the city’s location in an important aerial route determined the need to build the international airport. Up until then, the nearest airport was located at a distance of two hours from Nacala.
The entire flow of passengers always occurs from the middle to the ends (the ‘wings’), both at the entrance and exit. The connection between both wings is done through the central hall, also made up of the mezzanine. Both are sheltered by a large roofing that connects the different volumes.
The commercial areas and food, administration and operation service areas are located in the mezzanine, in addition to the main waiting area and lobby of the airport. With a view to both the “air” and “land” side, it is possible to have a full view of the internal and external areas of the airport, working as a belvedere.
In addition to the Passenger Terminal, the Airport complex will comprise a Cargo Terminal, the Control tower, the Maintenance and Runway Equipment buildings and the Fire Department building. It will be a landmark for the city and for the country, not only because of the strategic value, but also because of its transforming and renewing role, in a developing country and where there are practically few large buildings being constructed.
Architects: Fernandes Arquitetos Location: Nacala, Mozambique Coordinating Architect: Willian Tadashi S. Miyagui Team: Carolina Ferreira Condeço and Luis Henrique de Lima General Project: Figueiredo Ferraz Consultoria e Engenharia de Projetos S. A. Author of Text: Daniel Hopf Fernandes Constructed Area: 14,800.00 m² Project Year: 2011