We’re really getting excited about the move towards these free flowing organic styles with the exquisite lattice work and airy catacombs that has been popping up over the past few years. Our world, nature itself is made up of these wonderfully intricate organic patterns that at first glance can seem overly obvious and in other cases take a long time to decipher. SOM is the latest entry in the category with their Terminal at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in India, which is supposed to mimic traditional Indian pavilions in its relative shape and geometry. The supporting structure reminds us of palms or even papyrus, the façade walls are all glass creating a true flow through feel. Interior materials are mostly white stone and natural wood, continuing the theme, again, organic and natural. The project is roughly 4.4 million square feet and has the capacity to serve 40 million passengers a year. SOM has already won a number of awards for their design, The Platinum A’ Design Award, and the Architizer A+ Award for 2015.
The other similarly designed structure we’re reminded of is the Metropol Parasol in Seville Spain.
We have not yet flown through India this year, so cannot confirm that the terminal is 100% operational, just yet, but its real close and we’d be happy to go to India to do some research.