haptic and narud stokke wiig architects: hanimaadhoo airport 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

  • southern cross station, melbourne, australia

    dd says:
  • And?
    I certainly know where I would rather be (and no offence intended to Melbournians)

    Having been to the Maldives and past through the present airport I think this would be a great improvement and fitting gateway to a beautiful country. I just hope the country survives long enough against the inpending sea level changes that we are all party to …

    dextersdragon says:
  • here is a video of this airport


    inerd says:

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