Zurich's new airport terminal to be made of local wood

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Zurich’s new airport terminal is to be made predominantly of local wood.

Architects led by Bjarke Ingels Group’s (BIG) design were selected from 10 proposals drawn from across the world.

The new Dock A and adjacent buildings designed by BIG, HOK, 10:8 architects, engineer Buro Happold, timber experts Pirmin Jung, and aviation consultant NACO, seek to strengthen the airport’s continued status as the gateway of Switzerland.

Since its opening in the 1950s, Zurich Airport has become one of the most important aviation hubs in Europe.

Following the airport’s previous additions of Dock E, the Airside Center, and The Circle, an international two-stage design competition was kicked off in 2020 to replace the ageing Dock A. Proposals included those from Foster + Partners, Grimshaw Architects, and SOM and it is expected to open in 10 years.

"The 'Raumfachwerk' proposal was the most convincing from a sustainable, operational, and economic point of view, but also from an urban planning and architectural point of view," says Andreas Schmid, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Flughafen Zürich AG.

Professor Harry Gugger, Chairman of the Jury, who decided the winner, added: "The backbone of the project is formed by a structure that is not just load-bearing, but defines and adapts the space, creates a unique atmosphere, and provides a distinctive identity true to its place and era. This project marks not only a new milestone for Zurich Airport but for the entire aviation."

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