danish pavilion: air + port by BIG architects at architecture biennale 2012
danish pavilion: air + port by BIG architects at architecture biennale 2012 danish pavilion: air + port by BIG architects at architecture biennale 2012
aug 31, 2012
danish pavilion: air + port by BIG architects at architecture biennale 2012

‘air + port’ by BIG architects for the danish pavilion at the 2012 venice biennale
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BIG in collaboration with tegnestuen nuuk address the
inconvenience of a rapidly growing population in a globalized world where
high prices and lack of international transport hinder residents from
venturing out and tourists from visiting the remote country of greenland.
as part of the danish pavilion at the 2012 venice biennale, ‘air + port’ provides an integrated hub on the island of angisunnguaq for
both air
and ocean travel, improving its economical and social connection to the rest of the world. placing greenland in the middle
of a transportation superhighway, visitors and merchants will be able to access the country more conveniently and at affordable prices,
while simultaneously boosting greenland’s economy which so heavily depends on trade and tourism. the project is expected to open
world-wide discourse as to the responsibility of architecture in improving the social and economical situations of places in need,
if not also informing the future realization of a similar construction.

bjarke ingels, of BIG, explains the concept of their exhibit:

“greenland has the potential to reposition itself from the periphery
to the center of the major world economies of europe, asia and america.
greenlanders today are purely dependent on air traffic  for domestic
commutes but almost crippled by empty flights and staggering prices.
the new air+port will become a transit hub between europe and america – increasing potential transit tourism and cutting costs
for the local commuters.   by overlapping the water and airways in the air+port we seek to resolve a domestic challenge with
a global investment. a piece of global infrastructure with a positive social side effect – social infrastructure.”

see designboom’s preview article for more complete information on the danish pavilion and other participating firms here.

pavilion presentation

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air + port model
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industrial and commercial international airport
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several airstrips service a high traffic of commercial and cargo flights
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air strip
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incorporation of air and sea travel on a perpendicular axis

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aerial view
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view form the island

shipping containers stored on one of the wings of the structure

view form the plane

airport terminal

interview with bjarke ingels

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