FR-EE & foster + partners to design a new airport for mexico city FR-EE & foster + partners to design a new airport for mexico city
sep 03, 2014

FR-EE & foster + partners to design a new airport for mexico city

FR-EE & foster + partners to design a new airport for mexico city
image courtesy of foster and partners

 

 

 

it has been announced that a collaboration between foster + partners, FR-EE (Fernando Romero Enterprise) and netherlands airport consultants has won the international competition to design mexico city’s new international airport.

 

at 555,000 square metres, it will be one of the world’s largest airports. conceived with foster + partners engineering team, the project revolutionises airport design – the entire terminal is enclosed within a continuous lightweight gridshell, embracing walls and roof in a single, flowing form, evocative of flight. work will start on the new building early next year and it is expected to be completed by 2018.


lord norman foster and fernando romero explain the concept behind the new airport for mexico city

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upon arrival to the airport travelers will be greeted by a huge circular garden

 

 

 

stansted airport’s reinvention of the conventional terminal in the 1990s was emulated worldwide – this breaks with that model for the first time. it pioneers a new concept for a large-span, single airport enclosure, which will achieve new levels of efficiency and flexibility – and it will be beautiful. the experience for passengers will be unique.

 

‘its design provides the most flexible enclosure possible to accommodate internal change and an increase in capacity. mexico has really seized the initiative in investing in its national airport, understanding its social and economic importance and planning for the future. there will be nothing else like it in the world.’lord norman foster.

 

 

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mexico city airport proposal by foster and partners & FR-EE
image courtesy of foster and partners

 

 

 

designed to be the world’s most sustainable airport, the compact single terminal uses less materials and energy than a cluster of buildings. the design ensures short walking distances and few level changes, it is easy to navigate, and passengers will not have to use internal trains or underground tunnels – it is a celebration of space and light. flexible in operation, its design anticipates the predicted increase in passenger numbers to 2028 and beyond, and its development will be the catalyst for the regeneration of the surrounding area.

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mexico city airport proposal by foster and partners & FR-EE
image courtesy of foster and partners

 

 

 

with spans in excess of 100 metres, three times the span of a conventional airport, it has a monumental scale inspired by mexican architecture and symbolism. the maximum span internally is 170 metres. the lightweight glass and steel structure and soaring vaulted roof are designed for mexico city’s challenging soil conditions.

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a visualization of  the vast terminal
 

 

 

the entire building is serviced from beneath, freeing the roof of ducts and pipes and revealing the environmental skin. this hardworking structure harnesses the power of the sun, collects rainwater, provides shading, directs daylight and enables views – all while achieving a high performance envelope that meets high thermal and acoustic standards. the LEED platinum design works with mexico city’s temperate, dry climate to fill the terminal spaces with fresh air using displacement ventilation principles. for a large part of the year, comfortable temperatures will be maintained by almost 100% outside air, with little or no additional heating or cooling required.

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‘I approached fernando romero because I wanted to work with somebody from a younger generation, who is energetic and to impart our shared knowledge – a true collaboration.’ – norman foster.

 

 

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‘lord norman foster an I are united by the interest that this airport becomes an emblematic project. one that contributes towards building the 21st century identity for mexico. the country has a rich history of building on a monumental scale  and of extraordinary engineering – this new airport is a celebration of those achievements.’ – fernando romero.

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mexico city airport proposal by foster and partners & FR-EE
image via milenio

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mexico city airport proposal by foster and partners & FR-EE
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