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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Vadodara Airport: Visualization beyond imagination!

Info & Images: Courtesy Creative Group, New Delhi
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Creative Group designs Vadodara airport as the second greenest airport in India – a dynamic edifice with sustainability at its core… 

A simple yet dynamic form characterizes the air transport facility at Vadodara, Gujarat. Designed and executed by Creative Group International Architectural Consultants, the sleek contemporary structure spread across 17,500 sq. m is designed to increase the efficiency of resources and accommodate a large capacity of 700 passengers per hour.
 
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The huge archway that wraps the entire terminal fills the building with natural light, reducing the need for artificial light. The form is inspired by the body and wings of an airplane and thus enclosed in a single metal skin; its bold sweeping form - an outcome of the fusion of transparent and cloudy fa├žade on North-South and East-West respectively.
 
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The terminal also has a continuous 18 m-overhang on the South-South West and North-North-East side, respecting the solar movement and avoiding the low harsh sun. On the North-East and North-West, as well as on the South-East and South-West, solid insulating walls are incorporated instead of glazing to avoid the penetrating heat of the sun; allowing for maximum daylight with minimum heat.
 
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Well-defined spaces in the terminal building facilitates organized movement of passengers ensuring their comfort with coffee shops, restaurants, cafes and other amenities. A stepped pool between the visitor’s concourse, check-in hall and baggage claim hall are conceptualized as pockets of narrative interest, where the resonance of streaming water accentuates the experience inside the terminal.
 
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In a one-of-its-kind, the parking lot, which can accommodate up to 250 cars, is roofed with steel frame encrusted with solar voltaic panels, so that the energy produced can be used for lighting. It also acts as a armor from the heat of the sun in that zone. Adherence to ECBC (Energy Conservation Building Code) ensures the motto of the firm to conserve energy. Bricks are replaced with Autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) blocks.  The building has minimum resource consumption and minimum waste generation, thus being the only GRIHA certified airport in India. 
 
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Setting milestones in the field of architecture, and building on the motto: “Green and sustainable future”, the interiors of the airport are infused with a flavour of regional art and Indian culture. Speaking about the approach of the design, Executive Director of Creative Group, Er. Prabhpreet S. Shah said, “We have tried to follow an innovative soft model approach in the design of this airport. It’s a traditional process-driven model, providing an interactive experience connecting people, place and time.”

 
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As the Principal Architect of the Creative Group, Ar. Gurpreet S. Shah, sums up, “The terminal creates a sense of excitement, anticipation and spirit of flight even from a distance.”

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The airport displays the influence of an engineering masterpiece and holds a strong identity featured with veracity.

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