The building is designed as a well-defined ‘shell’ – a setting for passengers’ movement from the arrivals hall to the waiting planes. The choice of simple, robust materials and a balanced inflow of daylight result in a building that allows the various functions (waiting areas, counters, and various services) to influence and renew the architecture.
The inspiration came from Terminal 2, a distinguished and very appropriate example of an airport building. It is architecturally robust and has, over the years, succeeded in accommodating complexity in the shape of various configurations of balconies, floating walkways, and inserted structures.
The waiting zones and corridors are designed in dynamic, sweeping lines. The building is divided into three, public-oriented floors. There is a sequence of light ‘flow balconies’ between the concrete pillars and concrete cores, ensuring smooth passage for travellers. The uppermost transit floor appears strapped down and contributes an active identity to the rest of the building.
The solution ensures separate flows for arriving passengers and improves clarity and orientation for passengers by indicating the direction of the flow.
There are generous skylights in the building, providing visual and experiential continuity in the overall airport facility.
The architecture of Pier E is based on a rational, robust structural system, consisting of a few concrete pillars and concrete cores, which reduce bonds in the functionality related to flow and process. The solution will create flexibility both now and in the event of any re-planning in the future.