Principal Designers

Client

Airports Authority of India
Built Area
20,000 sqm.
Site Area
56,000 sqm.
Cost of Project
Approximately US$ 23,000,000

Consultants

Structural Design Descon United Pvt. Ltd.
MEP Design AECOM
Landscape Design Design Accord
Lighting Design Lighting Design Works
Acoustical Design Suri & Suri
Quantity Surveying MRA Associates Pvt. Ltd.

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.

Unlike other buildings that bear the influence of the place where they take root, the Airport terminal has an additional obligation to the sky. The airports belong as much to the ether that keeps the aircrafts buoyant, as to the cities to which they become gateways. The notion of flight and man’s mythic fascination with it is reborn in every child as he folds his paper plane to launch it into the sky. The paper plane with its supple, folded wings – the symbol for that elemental flight that catches our fancy as children – becomes the starting point for the design of Lucknow Airport.The terminal building’s elevation to the sky resembles the folded wings of the paper plane. Large wing-like cantilevers on either side of the 200m long terminal building suggest lightness and swiftness. The building itself appears as a dynamic object preparing to take flight. Inside, the gently curving ceiling gives the feeling of being under the belly of a giant aircraft.

The design of the building does not labor to represent the culture and heritage of the city, instead gets imprinted with the architects’ own experiences: nightmares about an aircraft crashing down through the roof, the exhilaration of flight, lightness, the indented front of the city as it wraps around the Gomti river, the ruins of the British Residency after the 1857 mutiny-ancient and unhomely, etc. Frosted etchings on the glass façade of the building bear the intricate patterns of chikankari work, Lucknow’s famous embroidery work

Architectural Design

The design for the New Integrated Terminal building at Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport, Lucknow is architecturally unique with the building appearing itself as a giant aircraft ready to take flight. Inspired from the form of a simple folded paper plane, something that every child irrespective of class and creed is fascinated by, the terminal building recreates the novel experience of being under the wings and underbelly of the airplane. The usual airport terminal building—which is ideally a large roof with columns as far apart as possible allowing flexible internal planning—finds new expression through a dynamic roof form that fascinates even the frequent flyer. The terminal building’s elevation to the sky resembles the folded wings of the paper plane. Large wing-like cantilevers on either side of the 200m long terminal building suggest lightness and swiftness.

The design of the building does not labour to represent the culture and heritage of the city, instead gets imprinted with the architects’ own experiences: the anxiety as well as the exhilaration associated with flying, lightness, the indented front of the city as it wraps around the Gomti river, the ruins of the British Residency after the 1857 mutiny-ancient and uncanny, etc. Frosted etchings on the glass façade of the building bear the intricate patterns of chikankari work , Lucknow’s famous embroidery work. A 45 m long gold mural adorns the wall above the check-in counters that weaves a story around the monuments and everyday life of Lucknow.

Structural Concept

The structure is formed by a set of variable span portals with fixed connections spanned across by variable space trusses that form the final form of the ‘wings’. The design of the section of the portal has been arrived at using a composite of rolled sections forming an overall dimension of 733mm by 375mm. The maximum span of the portals is roughly 47m. The maximum cantilever achieved by the space trusses is over 25m. The structure has been designed to stringent IS and BS codes pertaining to stability against wind, earthquakes etc.

See also ...

2010
Integrated Passenger Terminal at Coimbatore Airport. Winning entry for the new terminal at Tamil Nadu's industrial city.
1992
Civil Aviation Training Centre.
1988
TV Tower, Pitampura, New Delhi. NBCC adopts design for 235m tall tower in New Delhi
1979
Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium New Delhi. A geodesic dome to span a stadium that could be subdivided multiple ways.
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 ...

2010
Integrated Passenger Terminal at Coimbatore Airport Winning entry for the new terminal at Tamil Nadu's industrial city.
1992
Civil Aviation Training Centre
1988
TV Tower, Pitampura, New Delhi NBCC adopts design for 235m tall tower in New Delhi
1979
Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium New Delhi A geodesic dome to span a stadium that could be subdivided multiple ways.
2012
National Institute of Aviation Training and Management, Gondia An institute that fulfils the need for ground staff to match growing air traffic.