The seats on which we wait at the gate, send a quick email and repack bags are not likely to be the first thing passengers notice about their airport journey – and that’s exactly as it should be, thanks to shrewd and intelligent design. Report by Amy Hanna.
Heathrow’s new £2.5 billion (€3 billion) Terminal 2 is an enduring icon of sleek and airy design, with innovation inherent to its make-up. The building’s intelligent, multi-functioning façades and uncompromisingly robust interior were designed and implemented by Lindner, and are an integral part of the terminal’s ingenious constitution – they not only look good, they also ensure the safety of all who use the new building.
The rapid development of new technologies will not only revolutionise the future passenger experience, but the actual design and construction techniques applied to the post-2020 airport. Ryan Ghee explored what we can expect from the airport of the future with Curtis Fentress, Principal-in-Charge of Design at Fentress Architects, and Alexander Laukenmann, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Environment and Sustainability, Fraport.
K+P takes a holistic, ecological, and climatically innovative approach to intelligent airport projects worldwide, enhancing operations through attractive architecture, a future-focus and sustainable development for balanced airport growth. Amy Hanna discussed the relationship between intelligent airport design and an extraordinary passenger experience with Architect and Airport Planner Norbert Koch, Managing Partner of K+P Architekten and Stadtplaner.
The latest stage of the ongoing development of Frankfurt Airport (FRA) came to fruition on 2 October when the new €700 million Pier A-Plus was officially opened. Ryan Ghee reports.