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Terminal building, Henri Coanda International Airport, Bucharest (Photo: Massimiliano Bergamaschi)
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The Bucharest airport is ready for Romania’s accession to the Schengen area.

The Bucharest airport is ready for Romania’s accession to the Schengen area.

BUCHAREST (RO) - To divide the Romanian capital's existing Henri Coanda International Airport into Schengen and non-Schengen parts, an initiative was begun in 2008 for the design of a new terminal building. The Milan-based architecture bureau Studio Capelli Architecttura & Associati were themselves inspired by international airports such Heathrow's Terminal 5, by Richard Rogers. At the end of March 2011 the new building – 17,000 m2 and costing around €60 million – was opened. The undulating roof and numerous glazed surfaces refer, according to the architects, to the concept of 'flight' and 'light'. Despite the pleasant, open atmosphere and comprehensive nature, the terminal misses its own local character. From an architectural standpoint, one must look quite far to find its relationship with Bucharest and Romania. The new building could stand in any random nation the world over. In this respect the architects have succeeded in the design task: the creation of a contemporary airport terminal with international allure. (Emiel Lamers)

 

Terminal building, Henri Coanda International Airport, Bucharest (Photo: Massimiliano Bergamaschi)
Terminal building, Henri Coanda International Airport, Bucharest (Photo: Massimiliano Bergamaschi)
Terminal building, Henri Coanda International Airport, Bucharest (Photo: Massimiliano Bergamaschi)
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On 29 March 2011 at the Henry Coanda International Airport of Bucharest, the 'Finger' building was inaugurated within Phase III of the expansion of the airport complex.

Studio Capelli Architettura & Associati was contracted as an advisor on the architectural aspects (preliminary, draft and executive project). This important operation required an interdisciplinary team who worked to achieve a two-fold objective: firstly, the general reconfiguration of passenger flows around arrivals from Romania in the Schengen area; secondly, the expansion of the terminal areas in order to reach a six million passenger per year capacity. Phase III of the expansion, in addition to the 'Finger' building, which in fact tripled the passenger boarding/disembarking area, provides for the expansion of the departures building and the partial restructuring of the arrivals building, which the works team will be engaged in during the next twelve months.

Studio Capelli Architettura & Associati proposed architecture in line with the most advanced international standards for this type of operation. Referring to several of the most prestigious international operations – in particular looking at Heathrow Terminal 5, by Richard Rogers – the Studio interpreted the building as a sinuous, single-material glass space topped by an imposing 'wave-like' cover, whose striking image recalls the concepts of flight and light. The organization of the internal spaces was arranged according to a completely new functional interpretation for this type of building, emphasizing the open spaces and transparency between spaces that are traditionally isolated.

The smooth continuity of the overall exterior design that characterizes the building as a neutral, functional container was then contrasted with the internal functional composition of the crowds for 'finite volumes', which characterizes the recent composition of research by the Studio Capelli Architettura & Associati.

Of particular importance inside the building is the metal viewing structure, which, with imposing 'waving' beams and spans of up to 70 metres, emphasizes the sense of delicacy in the roof and the open spaces.

The materials used – metal viewing structures, glass, Alucobond, stoneware – give the approach a sense of coherent, rigorous composition and chromatic sobriety in an extremely hi-tech environment that adapts seamlessly to the airport ambience.

Terminal building, Henri Coanda International Airport, Bucharest (Photo: Massimiliano Bergamaschi)
Wednesday | 22 June | 2011 | Romania | Studio Capelli Architettura & Associati
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