JAHN, LOGUER + ADG Presents Proposal for New Mexico City Airport

Francisco Gonzalez-Pulido, chief designer and president of JAHN, has shared with us his net-zero design proposal for the new Mexico City International Airport competition. Similar to the Norman Foster and Fernando Romero's winning design, JAHN's proposal is a symbiotic blend of sensitive cultural meaning and powerful energy efficiency. As per competition requirements to pair an international firm with a Mexican firm, the project was the result of a collaboration with local architects Francisco Lopez-Guerra of LOGUER and Alonso de Garay of ADG.

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As an internationally experienced architect from Mexico, Gonzalez-Pulido was deeply inspired by his heritage throughout the design process. He explained, "More than an efficient and functional machine for transportation, I envisioned an airport as a technological, social and cultural manifest; deeply rooted in the history of the site but also respectful to the life of the Valley of Mexico. I wanted Mexico to be in the forefront of innovation, comparable to our in projects like the Bangkok Airport and Post Tower."

Courtesy of JAHN
Courtesy of JAHN

The airport design, features a lightweight and modular roofing system, crafted of twin-wall polycarbonate with nanogel infill between two PTFE layers, which was slated to eliminate glare through uniform transmittance of daylight and cut dependence on artificial light by 90%. A passive, renewable energy system is composed of earth-tube pre-conditioning and a radiant floor system, while a natural wetlands scheme is intended to safely filter rainwater.

According to the architects, the project could be pushed to net-zero carbon levels with the addition of a 700,000 square foot PV system.

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Cite: Sadia Quddus. "JAHN, LOGUER + ADG Presents Proposal for New Mexico City Airport" 21 Sep 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/549785/jahn-loguer-adg-presents-proposal-for-new-mexico-city-airport> ISSN 0719-8884

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