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 image © designboom

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

image © designboom

air + port model image © designboom

industrial and commercial international airport image © designboom

model image © designboom

several airstrips service a high traffic of commercial and cargo flights image © designboom

air strip image © designboom

incorporation of air and sea travel on a perpendicular axis image © BIG architects

aerial view image © BIG architects

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 video @ designboom

  • I should admit, most of the times I am quiet skeptical about BIG projects, esepcially lately… It looked they bacame too easy going, to shallow… But this time… WOW. Its’s long time I havent seen such a strong project…

    internautas says:
  • insane, don´t do that

    fgrain says:
  • I hate the guy, I really don\’t like his work, BUT this is awesome. Chapeau, Bjarke, for the exception to the rule.

    George Atsalakis says:
  • Great Arnie impression though.

    Deva says:
  • I think if I was landing a plane on an ice rink, I would want grass on either side.
    The airport is almost as big as the island it\’s landing on. I guess you then have to wait for a ferry?
    This place will be cool about 3 weeks a year when the weather allows it.

    I do hope for Denmark\’s sake that they get their fair share of Greenland\’s resources.
    That seems to be the underlying message as I hear it here in Denmark.

    theMightyAtom says:
  • It certainly looks neat. Aren’t large airports generally built with two (or three) intersecting airstrips to cope with difficult crosswinds?

    Danno says:
  • great work !!

    Vaniko Katamashvili says:
  • Danno: it depends on the % of time that the airfield is available under certain wind conditions. If you manage to have a runway oriented in such a way that 95% of the time the crosswind won\’t exceed a certain amount of knots (which depends on the airplane for which the airport has been designed), you don\’t need to build more than one runway. Maybe they can fulfill that requirement with only one runaway.

    Aleix says:
  • Why is he always look left during interview @@–>

    Great work in depth. I just wish the interview location can be a little bit quite. Since the concept is so intriguing. Wanna to hear it more clear without noise in the background.

    Lydia [email protected] Design Studio says:
  • Not even the cute kids in this presentation can save it!
    I don’t understand the logic of the argument. If there are already empty flights, how is a new airport helping?

    Also, the ridiculous placement of the airport and port over the island is an environmental disaster. It destroys the landscape that people have come to see.

    Matt says:
  • Ridiculous and criminal

    François BELLANGER says:

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