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JFK's Iconic TWA Terminal Reopens as Vintage Hotel by Beyer Blinder Belle

09:00 - 20 May, 2019
JFK's Iconic TWA Terminal Reopens as Vintage Hotel by Beyer Blinder Belle, © TWA Hotel/David Mitchell
© TWA Hotel/David Mitchell

The TWA Hotel has opened at JFK Airport in New York. Centered on the careful restoration of Eero Saarinen’s landmark 1962 former Trans World Airlines terminal, the hotel features 512 soundproof guest rooms, restaurants, and retail outlets. The project was led by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, with two new hotel wings designed by LUBRANO CIAVARRA Architects and Stonehill Taylor, and a 50,000 square meter events center by INC Architecture & Design.

© TWA Hotel/David Mitchell © TWA Hotel/David Mitchell © TWA Hotel/David Mitchell © Christopher Payne/Esto + 24

Israel's Ramon International Airport Opens in the Negev Desert

13:00 - 1 May, 2019
Israel's Ramon International Airport Opens in the Negev Desert, The Ilan and Asaf Ramon International Airport. Image © Hufton+Crow
The Ilan and Asaf Ramon International Airport. Image © Hufton+Crow

The Ilan and Asaf Ramon International Airport has opened in the Negev Desert of Israel. Designed by Amir Mann-Ami Shinar Architects and Moshe Zur Architects, the project was made to service the Red Sea resort city of Eilat and the surrounding region. The airport's design was influenced by the futuristic world of aviation and the project's natural desert surrounding. Commissioned by the Israel Airport Authority, the project is Israel's first civil airport built from scratch.

The Ilan and Asaf Ramon International Airport. Image © Hufton+Crow The Ilan and Asaf Ramon International Airport. Image © Hufton+Crow The Ilan and Asaf Ramon International Airport. Image © Hufton+Crow The Ilan and Asaf Ramon International Airport. Image © Hufton+Crow + 10

Safdie Completes World's Tallest Indoor Waterfall in Singapore

05:00 - 16 April, 2019
Safdie Completes World's Tallest Indoor Waterfall in Singapore, Jewel Changi Airport. Image Courtesy of Changi Airport Devt.
Jewel Changi Airport. Image Courtesy of Changi Airport Devt.

Safdie Architects has completed construction of the world's tallest indoor waterfall in Singapore's Jewel Changi Airport. Featuring a lush indoor forest and a green trail of airport amenities, the Jewel Changi Airport was designed to reinvent the concourse as a public attraction. The project was built with a torus-shaped glass dome the includes an oculus at its center. Dubbed the Rain Vortex, the oculus allows water to cascade into the airport.

Jewel Changi Airport. Image Courtesy of Changi Airport Devt. Jewel Changi Airport. Image Courtesy of Changi Airport Devt. Jewel Changi Airport. Image Courtesy of Changi Airport Devt. Jewel Changi Airport. Image Courtesy of Changi Airport Devt. + 11

SOM Designs Garden Terminal for India's Kempegowda International Airport

09:00 - 4 April, 2019
SOM Designs Garden Terminal for India's Kempegowda International Airport, © SOM / ATCHAIN
© SOM / ATCHAIN

Skidmore Owings and Merrill have unveiled their design for the Kempegowda International Airport Terminal 2 in Bengaluru, India. The new air travel hub for the region, the SOM terminal reimagines the airport as a landscaped, serene transportation experience, conceived by the airport commission as a “terminal within a garden.” The project’s first phase of construction is scheduled to be completed in March 2021, when it will serve 25 million annual passengers.

Safdie's Jewel Changi Airport Nears Completion, Featuring the World's Tallest Indoor Waterfall

11:00 - 14 March, 2019
Safdie's Jewel Changi Airport Nears Completion, Featuring the World's Tallest Indoor Waterfall, Courtesy of Safdie Architects
Courtesy of Safdie Architects

Safdie Architects have published an update of their iconic Jewel Changi Airport, as construction continues in Singapore. Featuring the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, a lush indoor forest, and a green trail of airport amenities, the scheme is set to open on April 17th of this year.

Jewel Changi Airport seeks to reinvent the public concourse not just as an in-between space for travelers, but as a major public attraction. Public transit form the city passes through the city and the large garden and shopping space within the central dome establishes it as a node for public gathering. In the future, an event space on the north side of the park will host public events for up to 1000 people.

Courtesy of Safdie Architects Courtesy of Safdie Architects Courtesy of Safdie Architects Courtesy of Safdie Architects + 6

Rwanda’s Bugesera International Airport to Set Records for Sustainability

04:00 - 20 February, 2019
Rwanda’s Bugesera International Airport to Set Records for Sustainability, © Airport Design Management
© Airport Design Management

Rwanda’s largest publicly funded project, Bugesera International Airport is on track to be the first certified green building in the region. A few pieces of this net zero emission complex include: a 30,000 square metre passenger terminal, 22 check-in counters, ten gates, and six passenger boarding bridges. Funded by Public Private Partnership, the project is cost estimated at $414 million USD. The international hub was only one of several initiatives discussed by the Africa Green Growth Forum (AGGF) in Kigali at the end of last year.

Five Designs for Chicago’s O’Hare Global Terminal go to Public Vote

05:00 - 18 January, 2019
Five Designs for Chicago’s O’Hare Global Terminal go to Public Vote, O'Hare International Airport expansion. Image Courtesy of Foster Epstein Moreno
O'Hare International Airport expansion. Image Courtesy of Foster Epstein Moreno

Five design teams have been selected to present their ideas for the Chicago O'Hare Airport Global Terminal and Global Concourse expansion. The designs are on display at an exhibition opened by Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the Chicago Architecture Center. Teams include Fentress-EXP-Brook-Garza, Foster Epstein Moreno, Studio ORD, SOM and Santiago Calatrava. Known as O’Hare 21, the project represents O’Hare’s first major overhaul in 25 years.

O'Hare International Airport expansion. Image Courtesy of Studio ORD O'Hare International Airport expansion. Image Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava O'Hare International Airport expansion. Image Courtesy of SOM O'Hare International Airport expansion. Image Courtesy of Fentress-EXP-Brook-Garza + 6

Safdie Architects' Changi Airport Finds Beauty in a Challenging Typology

12:30 - 5 January, 2019
Safdie Architects' Changi Airport Finds Beauty in a Challenging Typology , © Safdie Architects
© Safdie Architects

Airport architecture is a complex typology in which to innovate. Restrictive technical, security, and circulatory requirements force designs along limited (and precedented) paths; little budget is left over to create space for respite, let alone beauty.

Which makes the central space of Safdie Architect's design for Singapore's Changi Airport all the more unusual. Jewel Changi Airport reinvents the public concourse not just as an in-between space for travelers, but as a major public attraction. Public transit form the city passes through the city and the large garden and shopping space within the central dome establishes it as a node for public gathering. In the future, an event space on the north side of the park will host public events for up to 1000 people.

© Safdie Architects © Safdie Architects © Safdie Architects © Safdie Architects + 6

Foster + Partners' Tulip Towers Could Pose Risks to Air Traffic Control

14:00 - 15 December, 2018
Foster + Partners' Tulip Towers Could Pose Risks to Air Traffic Control , Courtesy of DBOX for Foster + Partners
Courtesy of DBOX for Foster + Partners

Blossoming alongside the iconic Gherkin building, Foster + Partners' Tulip Tower has been planning to join London's skyline since they released their proposal earlier in November. However, construction of the1,000-foot tower has been halted until officials can determine its impact on aircraft radar systems at London City airport, six miles away. Featuring mobile gondolas in the form of three-meter wide glass spheres intended for visitor rides on an elliptical journey around the tower, the proposed viewing platform is potentially highly problematic.

Courtesy of DBOX for Foster + Partners Courtesy of DBOX for Foster + Partners Courtesy of DBOX for Foster + Partners Courtesy of DBOX for Foster + Partners + 6

Studio Fuksas Wins Competition for Gelendzhik Airport in Russia

05:00 - 11 December, 2018
Studio Fuksas Wins Competition for Gelendzhik Airport in Russia, Gelendzhik Airport. Image Courtesy of Studio Fuksas
Gelendzhik Airport. Image Courtesy of Studio Fuksas

Studio Fuksas has won the competition to design the new Gelendzhik Airport in Gelendzhik, Russia. Gelendzhik is considered the third most popular resort city on the Black Sea coast. Prioritizing the landscape and an interior garden of local pine trees, the project is set to become the new gateway into the city. Inspired by the flight of birds when they change direction, the airport was made to be a new landmark for Gelendzhik.

Gelendzhik Airport. Image Courtesy of Studio Fuksas Gelendzhik Airport. Image Courtesy of Studio Fuksas Gelendzhik Airport. Image Courtesy of Studio Fuksas Gelendzhik Airport + 7

AD Classics: TWA Flight Center / Eero Saarinen

22:00 - 21 October, 2018
AD Classics: TWA Flight Center / Eero Saarinen, © Cameron Blaylock
© Cameron Blaylock

This article was originally published on June 16, 2016. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section.

Built in the early days of airline travel, the TWA Terminal is a concrete symbol of the rapid technological transformations which were fueled by the outset of the Second World War. Eero Saarinen sought to capture the sensation of flight in all aspects of the building, from a fluid and open interior, to the wing-like concrete shell of the roof. At TWA’s behest, Saarinen designed more than a functional terminal; he designed a monument to the airline and to aviation itself.

This AD Classic features a series of exclusive images by Cameron Blaylock, photographed in May 2016. Blaylock used a Contax camera and Zeiss lenses with Rollei black and white film to reflect camera technology of the 1960s.

© Cameron Blaylock © Cameron Blaylock © Cameron Blaylock © Cameron Blaylock + 26

Open Call: Nanjing Dajiaochang Airport Renewal Plan

16:42 - 16 October, 2018
Open Call: Nanjing Dajiaochang Airport Renewal Plan

Registration Deadline: November 15th, 2018
Submission Deadline: December 1st, 2018
Register Linkage:
http://runwaypark_renewal.chinabuildingcentre.com/en_signup.html
Competition Website:
http://runwaypark_renewal.chinabuildingcentre.com/en_index.html
Competition Email: runwaypark_renewal@163.com


Awards
First Prize (1 team): Honor certificate + Bonus 100,000RMB (before tax, around 15,000USD)

Second Prize (4 teams): Honor certificate + Bonus 30,000RMB (before tax, around 4,500USD)
Third Prize (10 teams): Honor certificate + Bonus 10,000RMB (before tax, around 1,500USD)

Honorable Mentions (several teams): Honor certificate

Organizations
Sponsors:
Nanjing Urban Planning Bureau;
Nanjing South New Town Development and Construction Management Committee
Organizer: CBC (China Building Centre)

Technical Supporters:
Urban Planning & Design Institute of Southeast University
China Culture and Technology Innovation Service Alliance

Theme and Interpretation
"Nanjing Dajiaochang Airport Renewal Plan - RUNWAY

Updated $13 Billion Plans for New York JFK Airport Overhaul Released

09:00 - 11 October, 2018
Updated $13 Billion Plans for New York JFK Airport Overhaul Released, via Governor of New York
via Governor of New York

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has unveiled an updated $13 billion plan to transform John F. Kennedy International Airport into a “world-class 21st-century airport.” The scheme will add two major international terminals at the North and South sides, increasing airport capacity by 4 million square feet and 15 million annual passengers.

The plans are derived from a 2017 masterplan led by Grimshaw Architects and Mott MacDonald, which sought to combine the airport’s eight disparate terminal sites into one unified system.

via Governor of New York via Governor of New York via Governor of New York via Governor of New York + 18

Airports: Examples in Plan & Section

04:00 - 5 October, 2018
Airports: Examples in Plan & Section, © Fabián Dejtiar
© Fabián Dejtiar

Airports require architectural solutions that not only respond to the efficiency of their spaces and circulations - both operational and passenger - but also to their connection with other transport systems and terminals.

Take a look at 10 airports/terminals and their plans and section below.

DBALP Wins Design for Bangkok Airport Terminal Amid Claims of Plagiarism

16:00 - 29 August, 2018
DBALP Wins Design for Bangkok Airport Terminal Amid Claims of Plagiarism, Bangkok Airport Terminal II. Image Courtesy of DBALP
Bangkok Airport Terminal II. Image Courtesy of DBALP

The architecture practice DBALP Consortium has been selected to design the new terminal of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Led by Duangrit Bunnag, the firm was chosen after approval from the Airports of Thailand (AOT) board of directors. The scheme was designed to reference Thailand's lush landscapes by immersing passengers in a ‘forest’ environment. The proposal has received claims of plagiarism for copying Kengo Kuma's Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum in southern Japan.

"I didn't copy anyone else's work. Those who follow my work will know that I created a similar image in my previous designs, such as for a hotel in Sri Lanka," Bunnag told The Standard, a local online news portal. Rejecting these claims, Bunnag argues his inspiration comes from Thailand’s forests and green vegetation, which was translated into a series of cascading wooden trees. The second terminal is planned to be the first phase of a series of developments at Suvarnabhumi.

Bangkok Airport Terminal II. Image Courtesy of DBALP Bangkok Airport Terminal II. Image Courtesy of DBALP Bangkok Airport Terminal II. Image Courtesy of DBALP Bangkok Airport Terminal II. Image Courtesy of DBALP + 11

Future of Foster + Partners / FR-EE Mexico City International Airport to be Decided by Public Vote

15:46 - 22 August, 2018
Future of Foster + Partners / FR-EE Mexico City International Airport to be Decided by Public Vote, © DBOX for Foster + Partners
© DBOX for Foster + Partners

Mexico’s President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has announced that a referendum will be held on whether or not the government should proceed with Foster + Partners’ proposed $13-billion Mexico City International Airport.

The scheme, already under construction, has been described by the incoming president as a “bottomless pit” and that “the plan is to provide the Mexican people all the relevant information, truthfully and objectively, so that we can all decide together on this important matter of national interest.”

'Aerial Futures' Explores the Relationship Between Cities and Their Airports

16:00 - 7 July, 2018

A new short film by the non-profit organization AERIAL FUTURES explores the complex relationships between cities and their airports. In conjunction with New York's AERIAL FUTURES: Urban Constellations think tank, this video asks how cities can be imagined collectively to improve both urban life and future travel capabilities. The film features several experts who discuss the challenges and opportunities for the future of New York City’s airports and supporting infrastructure, drawing on the think tank’s focus of urban design and digital interfaces.