Zurich Airport will build a new sustainable terminal

The new Terminal A will be built mostly of wood and will set new standards in terms of sustainable terminals. The construction will last about ten years, when the existing terminal will be dismantled

Simulation of the new Terminal A to be built at Zurich Airport. Photography BUCHAREST STUDIO

Zurich Airport (Flughafen Z├╝rich AG) has announced that the winning project for the construction of a new terminal is “Raumfachwerk”, which includes the renowned architect Bjarke Ingels in collaboration with BIG, HOK and 10:8 architects. The winning project was chosen by a team of 11 members, headed by architect Harry Gauger of Basel.

The new Terminal A will be built mostly of wood and will set new standards in terms of sustainable terminals. The roof and base of the new terminal will be used as solar cells and will provide about two-thirds of the terminal’s annual electricity consumption – a major contribution to reducing CO2 emissions. The construction will last about ten years.

Zurich Airport has been connecting Switzerland to the world for about 75 years and since the requirements are constantly changing and terminals must be renovated, expanded or replaced, Zurich decided to build a new terminal. Terminal A has already undergone two extensive renovations by 2015 and now the baggage sorting system has been renewed and expanded. After more than 35 years of activity, it was decided that Terminal A would be replaced.

Simulation of the new Terminal A to be built at Zurich Airport. Photography BUCHAREST STUDIO

“We tried to meet the complex global challenge of reducing CO2 emissions with the simplest possible solution: a space frame made of solid wood that forms the basis of the structure, a spatial experience, an architectural design and a principle of organizing everything together. The simple yet expressive design rooted in tradition and committed to innovation – embodies the cultural and natural elements of Swiss architecture,” said Bjarke Ingels, architect, founder and director of BIG, in New York.

The new Terminal A will provide passengers with an improved experience, a better view thanks to the large windows and spacious waiting areas at the gates. The retail and culinary offerings at the base of the new terminal will also be expanded. The short routes, currently valued by the passengers at Zurich Airport, will be preserved and will be significantly more attractive, thanks to the new spaces.

The current Terminal A will remain active during the construction of the new Terminal A. At the end of its construction, the activity will be smoothly transferred to it and then the old terminal will be dismantled. The construction of the new Terminal A should begin in 2030. The investment is estimated at 700 million Swiss francs.

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