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User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2829 posts, RR: 13
Posted (16 years 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2210 times:

For finals in AutoCAD at my high school, we are required to design our dream house, all views. As I am the leading student in the class, I have request the privilige of designing a commercial airport instead. It's not very hard, actually, once you get past the main terminals, just design one gate and copy it down the length and shape of a concourse. Anyway, I'm looking for any ideas, suggestions, or weird concepts for the world's newest international commercial airport.

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User currently offlineFlyBoeing From United States of America, joined May 2000, 866 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (16 years 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2172 times:

Design it so that cars dropping off passengers approach the terminal building underground and exit underground in a deep tunnel, turning around in a courtyard enclosed by the terminal building (maybe spiraling up and around like a parking garage? There'd be a parking garage in the terminal for very short term parking) You could put a parking lot somewhere else and have a subway run people over. But the whole design concept would be that the terminal is as an island between two runways. That way there'd be aircraft lifting off and landing all around the elevated viewing deck. There'd be a lot more gates in a smaller terminal and great views on all sides. Also, set up an easily expandable high-speed subway system(maybe an underground hallway with ramps?) which runs out to the outer corners of the airport so that when an aircraft cannot get to a gate there's no problem- it simply parks near an access point and passengers get down stairs and into the subway.


User currently offlineTrvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (16 years 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2156 times:

Well, you should definately make it on a filled island or peninsula, like Chek Lap Kok or Kansai. The terminal should be in the center, with two pairs of runways on either side (lets say those runways are going north-souh) and a pair of runways (east-west) running lateral to them. The terminal's design should be something essentially like the one at CLK: All the piers (if there are any) should run into a main one that goes straight to the Pickup/Dropoff area for cars. The piers should preferably run at a diagonal angle to the main one to maximise passenger-flow efficiency. The Pickup/dropoff road should run laterally to the main pier, with the dropoff area on top and the pickup area on the bottom. This is to prevent any passengers from getting soaked in case they have to wait for a ride from the airport. Most airports already do this, though. Cargo, Maintenance, and Long-term remote parking facilities should be parallel to the north-south runways. Rental car facilities should be in back of the main pickup/dropoff road and hotel facilities in front of that. A shuttle tram should run from the hotel facilities to the main terminal, stopping at the car-rental facilities. A light-rail station to the city should be at the beggining of the tram line.
As far as the design of the terminal goes, It is up to you. I recommend something unique, but functional (duh). Today's architectual designs seem to dictate that one cannot go wrong with steel and glass, so I think it should be made of that. Light should be able to flow in from all sides and maybe even the top. The buildings should be irregular, in which i mean dont just have it be a box, however ornately detailed. the gates should have dual arrival/departure levels, and if you want to go crazy, make some gates that you think could accomodate both levels of the A3XX at the same time. Thats pretty much all i have to say. Damn, i wish i could do this kind of project for my high school! Id probably design a new San Diego International Airport. It's so crappy here right now.

Aaron G.

User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2829 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (16 years 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2128 times:

What I'll probably do is have this undeground road split into two levels, for arrivals and departures, with the terminal building on either side and straight over the road, with an obs. deck on top of this around the base of the tower, and the terminal buildings going out in either directions.
As far as irregular architecture goes, modern architecture really offends me. All this warped stuff with odd angles and such, boxes look nice if they've got details and such, but you can't do that with glass and steel. I am using glass and steel (4x9' glass paneling), but I will be sticking more to a box than to something 'irregular'.

User currently offlineTrvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (16 years 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2120 times:

Fine. But still make some of the windows odd shapes or something. I guess I like all this irregular stuff because when I first started to actually look at architecture, all I saw was angles, curves, and warpings. Things like the Bilbao Guggenheim, Chek Lap Kok, Dulles Terminal, Burj el Arab Hotel in Dubai...the list is endless. So I started to take a liking to it. Do whatever you want. If you're the best in the class, it should turn out great. Anyway, has anything different happened at ORD the past few years? I am going there in June for the first time in about 4 years and I may want to spend a few hours there. What do you think of the new UA and International terminals? I am going to Evanston, and sometimes there I can see 747s cruising over on a gentle path to the airport.

Aaron G.

User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2829 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (16 years 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2103 times:

There are a bunch of nice parts at ORD that are architectural and all (and make plenty of use of your glass and steel). The International Terminal 5 is beautiful. It's got a 3-story glass dome that's at least a couple hundred feet long, very impressive. Then there's United's Terminal of Tommorow, same deal, all glass and steel. Terminal 1, United's, was designed by Helmut Jahn, one of my favorite architects, and it's beautiful. There's a picture of it m'friend took somewhere in the archives, but I'm not goin' huntin' for it now.
Evanston is a kind of wealthy neighborhood, so dress up 'r somethin'.

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