The new airport will be designed and built in collaboration between Foster + Partners, FR-EE (Fernando Romero Enterprise) and Netherlands Airport Consultants. The firm has won the international competition to design Mexico city’s new international airport.
Designed by Foster + Partners engineering team, the project revolutionises airport design – the entire terminal is enclosed within a continuous lightweight gridshell, embracing walls and roof in a single, flowing form, evocative of flight. work will start on the new building early next year and it is expected to be completed by 2018.
Stansted airport’s reinvention of the conventional terminal in the 1990s was emulated worldwide – this breaks with that model for the first time.
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. the experience for passengers will be unique.
Designed to be the world’s most sustainable airport, the compact single terminal uses less materials and energy than a cluster of buildings. The design ensures short walking distances and few level changes, it is easy to navigate, and passengers will not have to use internal trains or underground tunnels – it is a celebration of space and light.
With spans in excess of 100 metres, three times the span of a conventional airport, it has a monumental scale inspired by Mexican architecture and symbolism. The maximum span internally is 170 metres.
The lightweight glass and steel structure and soaring vaulted roof are designed for Mexico city’s challenging soil conditions. Its unique pre-fabricated system can be constructed rapidly, without the need for scaffolding – the airport will be a showcase for Mexican innovation, built by Mexican contractors and engineers.