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Studio Fuksas wins the competition for Gelendzhik Airport


Monday, 3 December 2018

Studio Fuksas wins the competition for the new Gelendzhik Airport in Gelendzhik, Russia. Gelendzhik is considered the third most popular resort city on the Black Sea coast. The new Airport will be, for size and importance, the new landmark of Gelendzhik.

The Gelendzhik Airport is inspired by the flight of birds when they change direction. It is therefore about a dynamic and poetic movement. The visitors and tourists arriving here will see the airport first from the airplane approaching the City, then they’ll enjoy the first welcome inside the new terminal.
As the new city’s gateway, we wanted to deliver to our architecture the best quality in terms of space experience and natural light control. Great importance is given to the landscape and the interior garden where there’s a massive use of typical local pine trees.

The new Airport will guarantee the best quality in terms of space, experience and control of natural light for the city, without forgetting local values and characteristics. We also believe that the new terminal should be not only a visual reference point but also a “Green Landmark” in terms of management and supply of energy for Gelendzhik. The Bruntland Report, which illustrated the widespread concern for the state of environment and popularized the phrase ‘sustainable development’, defined it as a way to ‘meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’. For building design to embody this ethic of sustainable development, it ought not only to enable reduced resource consumption but also foster environmental awareness on the part of users (spectators). Passive and active design strategies will be designed as integral parts of the architectural design and illustrating the inspirational approach towards various sustainability aspects. It illustrates an environmental awareness while optimizing the environmental quality for the users at the same time and minimizing the need for mechanical systems.

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