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Balice Airport New Terminal, Krakow, Poland

APA

Krakow Airport is a regional-scale aerodrome located in the southern part of Poland. While fulfilling all the requirements of modern service and safety standards, the architecture of T4 terminal strives to maintain a passenger-friendly scale. To achieve that, architects created spaces with all basic features easily-accessible by pedestrians, recognizable architectural motifs and the urban, city-like character of public space outside the restricted area.

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

 

 

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Building

Owner: 
Międzynarodowy Port Lotniczy im. Jana Pawła II Kraków - Balice sp. z o.o.
Completion date: 
2016
Country: 
Poland
Zip code: 
32-083
City: 
Balice
Street: 
ul. Kpt. M. Medweckiego 1
Location: 

Categories

Applications: 
Facades/panels
Prefabricated
Type of building: 
Transportation, infrastructure
Copper used: 
Pre-patinated
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
APA Czech Duliński Wróbel Agencja Projektowa Architektura Sp. z o.o.
Address & description: 
ul. Wróblewskiego 3, 31-148 Kraków.

Copper contractors

Title: 
Astaldi .

Awards

Season: 
2017

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