airport architecture

FAA Call-Out: Design a Sustainable Control Tower

Think you could design a value-efficient, sustainable air traffic manipulate tower?

The Federal Aviation Administration, (FAA) has more than a hundred getting old manage towers at regional and municipal airports throughout america that will need to be replaced. So, the enterprise is launching a national solicitation for a new layout for control towers that may be constructed and operated sustainably.

The FAA factors to the tower at Tucson International Airport (TUS) for example of a sustainable tower building already in operation. The TUS tower is the first air traffic facility with net-0 strength consumption. It uses a 1,six hundred-panel solar farm to generate power for all of its electric needs. And it elements unused strength back to the grid. The solar farm additionally produces ice, which is saved in massive containers and used to cool the constructing when solar panels aren't generating power. 

You can read about the time limits and the solicitation stages for the brand new tower RFP right here.

But even in case you’re now not an architect or an engineer, notice that the closing time the FAA invited architectural corporations to increase a modular design idea for new manipulate towers it employed the company headed through then rising architect I.M. Pei. Several of the 16 Pei-designed towers—including at Chicago O’Hare, Sacramento, Madison, and Jacksonville worldwide airports—are nevertheless running.

At the Airport: News from SEA, SFB, & LFT

Party at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is having an in-terminal and digital celebration on Thursday, Nov 4 to rejoice the cease of all of the primary creation on the N Concourse. If you show up to be journeying via SEA between 11 am and 1 pm, head to the N Concourse for track and spoken phrase performances, meals sampling, art tours, and giveaways. The even will in a position streamed on-line. In the evening, at 6 pm, SEA will host a travel trends panel in order to be streamed stay as nicely.

Bee Mascot for Orlando Sanford Int’l Airport

We’re huge fanatics of airport mascots and noticed that Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) has a bee as a mascot. We’re questioning if the beekeeper is an reputable a part of the team.

Look What’s Coming to Lafayette Regional Airport

Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT) is opening its new terminal in January 2022 and it looks as if it'll have some colourful facilities.

What will we discover at the airport of the destiny?

What will the airports of the destiny be like?

We hope to locate film theaters, art galleries, salons, and somewhere to do laundry.

Fentress Architects asked architecture college students from around the world what they concept about the airport of the future for its annual Fentress Global Challenge (FGC), This 12 months’s opposition challenged students to envision airport mobility in the year 2100.

Students could select among locating their terminals at an existing airfield, inclusive of at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL), or at a but undeveloped website.

“Various modes of delivery were explored including pods for intra-airport delivery.  Mag-lev motors, drones, hyperloops, hydrofoils, and air-rails were most of the techniques of inter-airport transport proposed,” Fentress reviews. “Additionally, several exceptional kinds of aircraft were studied such as anti-gravity, vertical take-off, rockets, and spaceships.”

Entries had been evaluated on 5 criteria, inclusive of era and sustainability. Some submissions predicted airports that might be able to create their own biofuel from algae and symbiotic micro organism. Others created floating structures that sought to restore coral reefs and ocean ecosystems. 

Here are photos from the ten shortlisted entries. A jury of renowned airport architects, directors, planners, and pupils will announce a winner on December 1, 2021, and there may be cash prizes for First, Second, and Third Place.  Two People’s Choice Awards might be given, so you can forged your vote right here.

Atlanta International Airport indicates off lighted cover

Hatsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport currently tested the lights on the first 3 sections of its North Terminal cover.

ATL Airport - green canopy

This cover is one among a 1/2 dozen fundamental creation projects beneath manner at ATL as part of a main 20-12 months lengthy development software, dubbed ATL Next, that the airport says is designed to reinforce ability, renew and update current facilities and “beautify ATL’s aesthetic enchantment.”

There will be canopies in the front of the North and South passenger terminals and the total duration of each canopy could be covered in a plastic cloth with a view to be capable of be illuminated in exceptional hues and styles by means of heaps of embedded LED lighting fixtures.

Work at the ATL’s North Canopy have to be done through the fall. The South canopy is anticipated to be finished in Fall 2019.

The airport did a check run on the lights on a part of the North Canopy ultimate week. Neutral white mild is predicted to be the default color however on unique activities the canopies might be illuminated to mark unique activities such as purple, white and blue to honor Independence Day.

Other alternatives already under attention: purple and black to rejoice a Falcons Super Bowl victory, or inexperienced to mark Earth Day.

Of course, ATL isn’t the first to get a fab lighted architectural function.

Chicago’s O’Hare Airport has the “Sky’s the Limit” underground neon walkway.


Detroit Metropolitan Airport has a lighted tunnel.


And Los Angeles International Airport has lighted pylons at it front which can be often lit up in distinct shade patterns to honor a vacation or unique occasion.

What different cool lighted architectural capabilities at airports need to we add to this list?

The fascinating chairs of Changi Airport’s new Terminal four

From the self-service test-in and bag drop stations to the centralized safety region, plethora of shopping and eating alternatives, art and different amenities, there’s plenty to like approximately Singapore Changi Airport’s new Terminal four, which opened to the general public on October 31, 2017.

I’m placing collectively a complete record on what's certain to be but any other award-winning function of Changi Airport, however right now let’s just take a picture excursion of the chairs.

Comfortable and desirable, these are positive to be the backdrop of endless passenger selfies.

Here some extra seating snaps from my excursion of the terminal on opening day.

These seats are on the landside area of the terminal.

And those publish-safety chicks and puppies are seating robust sufficient to maintain adults.