Principal Designers

Client

Airports Authority of India
Built Area
50,000 sqm.
Peak Hour Passenger Flow
1500

Postscript

The project is in abeyance for the time being due to issues of land between the State and Central Governments

2010

Integrated Passenger Terminal at Coimbatore Airport

Winning entry for the new terminal at Tamil Nadu's industrial city.

S. Ghosh & Associates surpassed several international competitors to win this competition for the Integrated Terminal at Coimbatore Airport.

Background

Coimbatore in the Southern part of India gained prominence with the rise of the textile industry in the city. Now a busy industrial metropolis, it belongs to the new breed of Indian cities with a mobile middle class population.

The competition for the New Integrated Terminal at Coimbatore Airport was hosted by the Airports Authority of India as a plan to develop several non-metro tier-II cities in the country. SGA's winning scheme appealed to the jury over the entries of several international firms participating in the competition through joint ventures because of its unique complex formal geometry that did evoked the fluidity of fabric and textile.

Development of Design

An airport terminal has an internal configuration that must be flexible to incorporate complex programmatic changes over time. For this reason, it is important to have a large span structure that spans over such flexible configurations. The roof design apart from being visible from the sky also brings light and emotion to the internal spaces.Unlike other buildings the design of the airport building therefore often begins with the roof. 

In our effort to find an expression for Coimbatore that was contextual without imitating traditional architectural forms, we pursued several paths before settling into soft and light folds of cotton fabric as an expression for the lightness of the experience of flight.

See also ...

2013
Integrated Passenger Terminal at Lucknow Airport. Conceived using the primal image of a paper plane, the design of the terminal explores the aesthetics of flight through its cantilevered roofs.
1979
Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium New Delhi. A geodesic dome to span a stadium that could be subdivided multiple ways.
2014
Corporate Office for Jindal Steel and Power, Raigarh. A platinum rated green building for Jindal Steel at their Raigarh Plant for 700 employees.
2012
National Institute of Aviation Training and Management, Gondia. An institute that fulfils the need for ground staff to match growing air traffic.

See also ...

2013
Integrated Passenger Terminal at Lucknow Airport Conceived using the primal image of a paper plane, the design of the terminal explores the aesthetics of flight through its cantilevered roofs.
1979
Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium New Delhi A geodesic dome to span a stadium that could be subdivided multiple ways.
2014
Corporate Office for Jindal Steel and Power, Raigarh A platinum rated green building for Jindal Steel at their Raigarh Plant for 700 employees.
2012
National Institute of Aviation Training and Management, Gondia An institute that fulfils the need for ground staff to match growing air traffic.