The in­tent of DFI in con­cep­tu­al­iz­ing the de­sign of the Guwahati Intl' Air­port is to en­hance user en­gage­ment and to be con­tex­tu­ally rev­er­ent

The in­tent of De­sign Forum In­ter­naɵonal (DFI) in con­cep­tu­al­iz­ing the de­sign of the Guwa­haɵ Intl’ Air­port in As­sam is to en­hance user en­gage­ment and to be con­tex­tu­ally rev­er­ent

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The form of the struc­ture takes in­spi­ra­tion from Icarus – the mytho­log­i­cal fig­ure who dared to fly. The ma­jes­tic cen­ter­piece is sym­bolic and looms over the de­par­ture con­course. The float­ing form dou­bles up as the canopy for the drop-off zone. While de­sign­ing, Origami served as a guide to the ar­chi­tects: it finds ex­pres­sion in the ter­mi­nal roof, the floor­ing pat­terns, the col­umn cladding, the theme walls, and in the sig­nage de­sign. A 90-feet high in­door rain­for­est that one needs to nav­i­gate be­fore reach­ing the lug­gage belt, brings forth vis­tas and won­ders at ev­ery cor­ner.

A crafts vil­lage aug­ments the re­tail ex­pe­ri­ence for the trav­eler. The craft walls dis­play in­no­va­tive prod­ucts and arte­facts. The Na­maskar Atrium is a mas­sive dou­ble-heighted space with its walls adorned with the art and craft of As­sam. The Bag­gage Claim hall wall is an ex­er­cise in mod­u­lar­ity with Origami alu­minum pan­els that de­rive in­spi­ra­tion from the hilly terrain of the north-eastern states. Tea-gar­dens serve as an in­spi­ra­tion for land­scape de­sign. They are po­si­tioned at the front yard along with a wa­ter cas­cade. The drive up to the de­par­ture level is rem­i­nis­cent of the first climb up a moun­tain road. The car zooms up as the plains give way to rolling earth-berm greens. To en­rich ma­te­ri­al­ity, glass was se­lected as the pal­ette of choice for the façade – GFRC wraps around the façade’s tricky and smooth wide ex­panses, fa­cil­i­tat­ing day-light pen­e­tra­tion and vis­ual uni­for­mity. The use of ter­ra­cotta tiles ref­er­ences the ar­chi­tec­ture of fort-like citadels and im­parts sta­bil­ity. Ter­razzo floor­ing has been em­ployed in the in­te­ri­ors for its ver­sa­til­ity and play­ful­ness, whilst the use of gran­ite en­sures steadi­ness. Alu­minum origami pan­els en­dow re­lief and sin­tered stone is used for wall and col­umn cladding. The Guwahati Air­port is de­signed with 4-Star GRIHA rat­ing pa­ram­e­ters. The fo­cus on sus­tain­abil­ity was im­bibed right at the de­sign in­cep­tion stage, when a con­scious at­tempt was made to in­ter-weave the built form with the out­doors. The in­door for­est is a phys­i­cal man­i­fes­ta­tion of this thought: it is separated by a glass wall from the larger outdoor for­est, fit­ting in like a tonguein-groove with the ter­mi­nal build­ing, and be­com­ing an in­te­gral part of the built whole. The car park struc­tures are de­signed to be cov­ered with pho­to­voltaic pan­els that gen­er­ate al­most 500 KW of so­lar en­ergy. The new, in­te­grated Ter­mi­nal Build­ing at Guwahati In­ter­na­tional Air­port is the col­lec­tive ef­fort of a team of 15 con­sult­ing and de­sign firms, in­clud­ing Aecom, DFI, In­te­gral De­signs, Axis Fa­cades, Gaurav Jin­dal, Al­pana Khare De­signs and CBRE.

Aerial View


Na­maskar Atrium

Food court

Ar­rival Cor­ri­dor

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