Mega-Airports are like the next big thing, projects are growing and each one of these is planned to be more sustainable than the previous one. Recently, the Foster + Partners studio revealed that their project will be the most sustainable international airport to ever exist. It is to be located in Mexico City.
Winning the international competition, the project is being developed to meet the requirements of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum. The construction of the airport would resort to an exclusive pre-manufactured system designed for quicker rate of construction and minimal waste.
Despite the enormous implicit ecological effect the airport is supposed to have, it is planned that the terminal will be encased in glass and steel, so that large amounts of sunlight can enter the place. Mobility is also one of the aspects well taken care of, so the airport is designed to have short walking distances and fewer floor.
The architects have designed the airport’s service systems in such a way that the ducts and pipes will not be disturbing the appearance of the ceiling that is vaulted. For the reduction of dependence on fossil fuels, the plan is to utilize the natural light to the fullest. The airport is equipped with solar panels and systems for re-utilization of rainwater. And they will also adopt intelligent ventilation system, hence avoiding the need of additional heating or cooling systems.
“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” said Foster on their website, “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.”
We are pretty excited about this project. Let us know what you think of this in the comments section.