The SourceCivil Engineering MagazineSlideshow: Delhi-area airport to be India’s greenest

Slideshow: Delhi-area airport to be India’s greenest

By Catherine A. Cardno, Ph.D.

  • a low-rise building with an expansive canopy, surrounded by green landscaped areas
  • looking at the side of a building with an expansive canopy, with an arrivals section for vehicles extending across the front
  • looking at an open air forecourt, with escalators delivering arriving people and an expansive white canopy providing shade

After it is built, the Delhi Noida International Airport at Jewar, in the India state of Uttar Pradesh, is anticipated to be India’s greenest airport, according to press material distributed by the passenger terminal’s architecture design team.

The architecture design team is a consortium comprising Nordic — Office of Architecture as well as Grimshaw, Haptic Architects, and STUP Consultants. The team’s design was selected after it competed in a three-phase design competition that took place during the pandemic’s multicountry lockdowns, necessitating that their collaboration and communication be done entirely remotely.

The government of Uttar Pradesh signed a concession agreement with Zurich Airport International AG (ZAIA), which won the contract to build the airport and operate it for 40 years.

The design team is experienced in both airport and green airport design, bringing experience from team members’ design of the Oslo Gardermoen Airport in Norway, which was dubbed the “world’s greenest” upon the opening of its extension in 2017, and the Istanbul Airport in Turkey, which offers the world’s largest terminal under one roof.

The new airport’s design merges Swiss efficiency and Indian hospitality in creating a modern and seamless passenger experience while setting new benchmarks for sustainability in airport terminal buildings in India, according to a statement from ZAIA, which was included in press material distributed by the design team. The design offers shaded landscaped spaces inside and outside the building, includes a concept for a future airport city, and provides flexible expansion options so that in the future the airport can ultimately serve an expected 30 million passengers annually.

The infrastructure development and job creation that the finished airport will provide will serve the fast-developing industrial region that is located between Delhi and Agra.

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