Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Haptic come 2nd in International Airport Competition

Haptic have joined forces again with Narud Stokke Wiig architects to develop a strategy for a new international airport in the Maldives. Currently home to a domestic airfield, Hanimaadhoo island is to be completely transformed with new terminal building in the lagoon.

Haptic and Narud Stokke Wiig proposed a single terminal building, with all functions under a dramatic curving roof. The roof is formed as a timber diagrid structure with a lightweight, highly insulated skin. The terminal employs several passive design measures, from north facing rooflights and large roof overhangs, to minimise solar gain, to rainwater harvesting and roof mounted photovoltaics.

The new airport embraces the Maldivian culture and natural setting through preservation of the island's coastline and landscape and in the selection of natural materials. The clarity of architectural form, with fully glazed facade and floating roof form provides an elegant and contemporary statement - a fitting gateway to one of the worlds most beautiful destinations.