grimshaw architects: pulkovo airport phase 1 nears completion
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jan 05, 2013
grimshaw architects: pulkovo airport phase 1 nears completion


‘pulkovo aiport’ by grimshaw architects, st. petersburg, russia
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the ‘pulkovo airport’ by international practice grimshaw architects is the first piece of a sustainable master plan that will serve as a gateway between
st. petersburg and the rest of the world. the first phase of the project will transfer 12 million travelers and will be finished in 2013, while the second
phase is expected to be completed in 2015 and by then will accommodate 17 million people. the concept of the airport took form from the layout
of the city. separate bays are connected by bridges, as buildings are connected across the river, and have an open view down to the lower arrival
floor, connecting those leaving and those going. the strategy helps bring closure to the journey that begins and ends in the same structure when
visiting the area. regularly spaced columns with branching steel trusses make rhythmic bays that effectively transfer snow loads. the structure of the
canopy then protrudes into the space, so the visitor is allowed to appreciate its character which peels back at certain points to open skylights. 
all the aspects of the terminal in some way reflect the nature of its host city, such as the reflective golden ceiling like the cathedral domes and angular
geometries seen throughout the russian designs.

 

 


construction process and walkthrough
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golden reflective ceiling amplifies light
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bird’s eye view
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facade and roof construction
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concrete columns support the metal truss roof system
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interior
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skylights
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soffit design
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canopy detail
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exploded detail
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canopy exploded
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light deflector detail
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