KRAKOW AIRPORT / POLAND
Krakow Airport has a long history and for a long time has been the most important transport node in southern Poland having been rebuilt several times due to the constant need for growth. The total renewal of the airport, which will give a new face to Krakow, was designed between 2009 and 2012, its construction has been completed in 2017.
I had the opportunity to enhance my professional experience by working on every stage of the design process including:
-urban planning and functional analysis
-concept and interdisciplinary planning
-building permit and construction design
-installation and construction coordination
-in-depth consultation with subcontractors
The biggest challenge of any airport project is to combine a multifunctional space with complicated operational facilities such as baggage handling systems while comprehensively designing optimum movement flow for all passengers.
The most significant element of the project is the glazed triangular cross-section, which forms the new front of the terminal building. This structure is covered by a horizontal patinated copper panel roof which is reminiscent of Krakow’s traditional skyline, thereby reinforcing
the city’s cultural heritage.
The dynamic, front façade leans away from the building and provides a sheltered space for travelers. The tilted curtain wall minimizes the negative effects of excessive sunlight which must be balanced by energy-consuming air conditioning systems.
The transparent glazed cuboids of the footbridge and rail terminal are connected to the adjacent hotel, multi-level garage, and main passenger terminal.
CONCEPTUAL DESIGN, 2010
BUILDING PERMIT DESIGN, 2011
CONSTRUCTION DESIGN, 2013