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Lahore, Pakistan Client. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Date. 2015-2018 Area. 265.000 sqm Cost. Scope of the work. Concept Design and schematic Design Status. In process

 

The expansion of the Allama Iqbal Int’l Airport to hold 20 million passengers attempts to respect the functional and aesthetic values of the existing terminal, and cater for the economic growth which this region of Pakistan is having. The instrument to achieve this relies on building around the existing terminal and leave a buffer zone to mediate between both buildings. This buffer zone is architecturally an open patio with a garden that will introduce light in both buildings and that it will be experienced from the different floor levels.
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Respecting the context

The expansion of the Allama Iqbal Int’l Airport to hold 20 million passengers attempts to respect the functional and aesthetic values of the existing terminal, and cater for the economic growth which this region of Pakistan is having. The instrument to achieve this relies on building around the existing terminal and leave a buffer zone to mediate between both buildings. This buffer zone is architecturally an open patio with a garden that will introduce light in both buildings and that it will be experienced from the different floor levels.
This approach allows for an easy phasing of the works, keeping the existing building completely functional until the new terminal is built. Once the new terminal is complete, the old terminal will be functionally connected to the different areas of the processor.
Continuous spaces are created, linking the new and old spaces so that passengers can flow seamlessly between them. This also allows for a complete flexibility in establishing the limit between the International and Domestic parts of the building, which can change through the incorporation of an ad-hoc light wall at any given moment.

 

 

Architecture in the landscape/Architecture as landscape

A main design feature is to integrate the new terminal building within the flat landscape in which it seats, respecting the prominence of the existing terminal building from the views that take place while approaching the terminal through the access roads. The prominence of the Mosque, which seats on the side of the terminal, has been also considered in various ways. First, integrating functionally the Mosque with the large areas of the new Concourse hall. Travellers and their companions can access the mosque directly through a new landscaped garden, serving as the best possible prayer room in any airport in the world. Also the new terminal building is limited in height so that it is lower than the minaret.