CPGairport produced this winning scheme for a competition invited by the Airports Authority of India to design a new International Terminal Building at Ahmedabad including associated aircraft parking apron, roadways, carparking and landscaping.
The design is conceived as a distinctive roofline making reference to the recognizable form of kites associated with an international festival held in the city. The kite shaped cutouts form skylights, while surrounding surface area is a membrane of ceiling finish from below, and roofing above. The 3-dimensional composition of these forms creates a dynamic structural system of trapezoidal-shaped frames tapering to a single node at the mid-span region of the roof truss that each skylight length comprises. Vertical circulation within the 1 and ½ level Terminal, designated for a capacity of 2 million passengers per annum, is handled at a circular deck at the centre of the back of the main halls. The terminal design benefits from an abundance of daylight from the skylights and shear-glass and louver facades, while energy efficiency within the climatic extremes of the city, is to be achieved by cooling and heating being concentrated on only the first 3 to 4 metres of space closely affecting the comfort of passengers.