Single Airline Terminal of the Future

Welcome to Airbaltic Terminal potentially the future Riga International Airport, Latvia. Herein lies a lovely structure. The terminal in the center of this lovely airport is a simple 20m x 20m structural model. The roof of this terminal is a made up of 18 parallel portal shapes, each of them extruding along a curve creating “an undulating wave composition” with no parallel. The modules on the North and South edges of the building extend beyond the main terminal envelope creating terminal piers supporting gates to Schengen or Non-Schengen flights respectively.

From there, it becomes very technical. The movement of passengers between landside and airside is the main subject here, both the solution and the problem as far as these designers consider it as far as airports go. To turn away from the traditional massive amounts of hallways, corridors, and shopping area, these designers aim straight for the portals. Turn the airport into what it aught to have always been: “a conduit for air travel,” and you’ve got your winner.

In laymen’s terms, this is a lovely little airport. Its exquisite nature is easy to see through anyone’s eyes, but this particular project has also been shortlisted by some professional eyes. An International competition for an Airbaltic passenger terminal in Riga, Latvia has selected this project as 1 of 10 finalists out of a 125 projects submitted. You know what that means? This might be a real deal airport someday, and someday soon!

Check out the creative team, check out their Zerafa Architecture Studio internet site, and give them a high five if you ever meet them.

Design Team: Jason Zerafa, Joaquin Boldrini, Katherine Moya.
Client: AirBaltic
Facility: Passenger Terminal
Location: Riga, Latvia.
Size: 60,000 sqm.
Status: Shortlisted International Competition Proposal, 2010.

Designer: Zerafa Architecture Studio

13 Comments

  • John Smith says:

    can someone explain the 'sectional response'?

    • from what it looks like Sectional response is the shape of each of the sections responding directly to its function, Form follows Function. Im not sure but by the looks of it and its engineering that would be a good place to start.

  • John Smith says:

    can someone explain the 'sectional response'?

    • from what it looks like Sectional response is the shape of each of the sections responding directly to its function, Form follows Function. Im not sure but by the looks of it and its engineering that would be a good place to start.

  • storm says:

    In fact, I don’t think does it something diffcult.

  • storm says:

    In fact, I don’t think does it something diffcult.

  • fxgeorges says:

    OOH! JFK! The only airport in the world that has its airlines build and customize their own terminals.

  • fxgeorges says:

    OOH! JFK! The only airport in the world that has its airlines build and customize their own terminals.

  • Radical, renovate our US airports alone or adapt to Spaceport America NM alone. Radical.

  • Radical, renovate our US airports alone or adapt to Spaceport America NM alone. Radical.

  • Hayley says:

    This is by far the most interesting scheme out of the ten finalists, but I'm not sure what happened with the jury. I hope it wins.

  • Hayley says:

    This is by far the most interesting scheme out of the ten finalists, but I'm not sure what happened with the jury. I hope it wins.

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