opened officially in september 2012, the UNStudio-designed georgia kutaisi international airport has been growing at an impressive rate from 12,915 passengers per year to more than 300,000 in 2016. in order to be able to handle the predicted 1,000,000 passengers by 2020, UNStudio has been invited to design a large extension to the existing terminal.

UNStudio kutaisi international airport extension georgia designboom
renderings and animation by VA-render

 

 

when designing the new kutaisi international airport extension, UNStudio took advantage of the linearity of its previous composition while introducing a sense of place through the topological variation that references the caucasus mountains on the horizon. the umbrella-like lobby and the external courtyard of the existing terminal will be transformed into the departure hall while the arrivals hall will be situated on the other end of the new terminal. this one will have a formal functional approach with maximum area for underground luggage handling and customs service.

UNStudio kutaisi international airport extension georgia designboom

 

 

the large airport extension aims to maintain a user-oriented experience where the health and comfort of every passenger is serviced through the correct application of architecture and spatial design. to do so, five clear and distinct functional areas were created: departure hall, security area, central passenger hall, back of house offices and arrival hall. enhanced transparency and openness among them provides a pleasant experience for travelers, as well as the use of a correct human scale, flow, spatial language and materialization.

UNStudio kutaisi international airport extension georgia designboom

 

 

an elevated plaza located at the new central passenger hall relates to the umbrella and courtyard while gradually bringing passengers up to the higher levels. this space acts as a green recreational hub and waiting area for early arrivals, visitors and their families. it spans up to the roof level, and by splitting the length of the terminal, it creates another moment of orientation.

UNStudio kutaisi international airport extension georgia designboomUNStudio kutaisi international airport extension georgia designboom

UNStudio kutaisi international airport extension georgia designboom

UNStudio kutaisi international airport extension georgia designboom

UNStudio kutaisi international airport extension georgia designboom

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news