All images courtesy of Sordo Madaleno, Render by Glessner Group.
Mexican Architects Group Sordo Madaleno partnered with British firm Pascall+Watson to design a new airport for Mexico’s capital city. The proposal shown here was one of eight entered into an invited competition organised by the Mexican government – the winner was announced last week.
Sordo Madaleno and Pascall+Watson’s airport reflects a sustainable future, with an innovative architectural solution, sensitive to the needs of current society, with economic efficiency and a clear Mexican identity. The execution of passenger terminals, are joined with the common purpose of stating this project as a challenge: a new concept of aeronautical architecture.
The key concept around this proposal is the passenger’s experience, while commercial effectiveness is one of the starting points to develop its design. The passenger terminal reimagines historically proven commercial strategies creating an active commercial space (located along the building’s central spine) that accompanies passengers in a commercial promenade with generous spaces showered with natural light, lush vegetation, height and scenery.
The airport is organised along a central axis that directly guides the user to the airport through a way-promenade with ample dimensions, a nod to the quality of Mexico city’s most important street, Paseo De La Reforma.
The airport’s functional design seeks to reduce capital investment attaining the highest flow potential with minimum infrastructure, without compromising the spaces’ flexibility and versatility for future configurations.
A constant quest for simplicity means that travelers can move around the airport with minimum level changes offering the shortest connection times possible and wide walkways provide ample space for all especially for elderly passengers or those with reduced mobility.
Sustainability is also an integral part of the airport design. The central focus is low carbon emissions and principles of passive design, such as optimal orientation, high-efficiency building shells, natural lighting, water saving, ventilation by displacement and use of alternative energies.
This airport proposes an arrival with the same spatial quality as that of departures, and with a high level of services, both in its course as in the arrival lobby.
An abundance of greenery surrounds the building and continues into the commercial zone meaning passengers remain in constant contact with nature to give a sense of calmness and tranquility.