Public Riga Airport
Flanagan Lawrence’s short-listed proposal is designed to deliver an iconic new terminal building for airBaltic, an award winning low-cost hybrid airline aspiring to be the predominant hub airline of the Baltic.
The desire for seamless passenger flow, simple passenger processing within the building, and clarity of way finding has driven the initial functional connections and space hierarchy. The proposal is based on careful analysis of the functional diagram and spatial issues such as check-in, security, lounge seating and baggage reclaim, etc.
By minimising necessary level changes required by security, we have been able to deliver a terminal building with short and simple connections.
The terminal building is raised from grade to provide a stronger appearance and create space for baggage handling and services under the concourse areas, whilst being ‘at grade’ on the air side. This arrangement also makes it possible to include a public transport link to the terminal under the concourse with direct vertical links. The kerb is single level with direct access to the departure and arrivals concourse. The departure lounge is one level up, almost like a transition between the ground and air. The piers are arranged so that the arrival corridor is a glazed bridge floating within the double-height departure area.
The arriving passengers leave through the baggage reclaim without any further changes in levels. This arrangement results in no need for level changes for the transfer passengers, who are anticipated as being 70% of the arriving passengers. All level changes are arranged in a transition corridor element between the terminal and the piers and allow for future extension potential.
Location Riga, Latvia
Status Competition - Shortlisted