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haptic and narud stokke wiig architects: hanimaadhoo airport
aug 05, 2010
haptic and narud stokke wiig architects: hanimaadhoo airport


hanimaadhoo island airport by haptic and narud stokke wiig architects

UK firm haptic architects together with norwegian narud stokke wiig architects developed
a strategy for a new international airport in the maldives. currently home to a domestic airfield,
hanimaadhoo island is to be completely transformed with new terminal building in the lagoon.

haptic and narud stokke wiig proposed a single terminal building, with all functions under
a dramatic curving roof. the roof is formed as a timber diagrid structure with a lightweight,
highly insulated skin. the terminal employs several passive design measures, from north facing
rooflights and large roof overhangs, to minimise solar gain, to rainwater harvesting and roof
mounted photovoltaics.

the new airport embraces the maldivian culture and natural setting through preservation
of the island’s coastline and landscape and in the selection of natural materials. the clarity
of architectural form, with fully glazed facade and floating roof form provides – a fitting
gateway to one of the world’s most beautiful destinations.


the roof is formed as a timber diagrid structure

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