The architects’ intention was to make the front of the new terminal a recognizable sign identifying Krakow Airport. The form of a glass prism with significantly tilted front, additionally covered witha copper rooftop, is, on one hand, a design that adds dynamics and expression, and, on the other hand, rational functional and technical solution for the sunlit facade. The glass prism and a copper rooftop of over 225 m length protect passengers from the rain and minimize the negative effects of sunlight operation on the south side. Preventing from undesired heat gains, the structure minimizes a necessity of usage of energy-consuming air-conditioning systems.
The use of pre-patinated copper in a characteristic green color should, in architects’ opinion, emphasize the effect of architectural identification. Copper, as a noble building material, reminds European and, maybe more importantly, local, centuries-old tradition of civil engineering, still clearly visible in architecture of Krakow. Besides historical associations, copper is perceived as a durable material, successfully used in modern architecture as well.
Gross Covered Area: 25 850 m2
Usable Floor Area: 57 100 m2
Project Year (completion): 2016
Architects: Jacek Czech, Janusz Duliński, Piotr Wróbel