Zaha Hadid Architects designs BREEAM-targeted terminal for electrified Rail Baltic

November 15, 2019 by  
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Zaha Hadid Architects has won a competition to design the new terminal for the Rail Baltic railway, a major continuous rail link in Northeastern Europe that will connect Tallin, Estonia to Warsaw, Poland, where it will then join the European high-speed rail that covers Western Europe. The Zaha Hadid Architects-designed terminal will be the starting point of the Rail Baltic Line to be located in Tallinn’s subdistrict of Ülemiste. Using modular construction and energy-efficient systems, the Ülemiste terminal will be designed to target BREEAM benchmarks and guidelines. Created in collaboration with Estonian architecture firm Esplan , the competition-winning design for the Ülemiste terminal will serve as a multi-modal transport hub for commuters, national and international rail passengers and passengers transferring from the nearby Tallinn airport. As the starting point for the electrified cross-Baltic railway, which spans 870 kilometers north to south down to the Lithuanian-Polish border, the 10-hectare railway terminal will be a visually striking landmark defined by Zaha Hadid Architects’ signature undulating lines and a futuristic appearance. Related: Estonia will soon offer free public transportation In addition to the smooth integration of bus, tram and rail lines that intersect at the terminus, the building will also double as a connecting public bridge used by the local community. The project will be built in phases using a modular structural system, and the structure will rely on natural light as the main source of light during the day. Construction on the Rail Baltic infrastructure begins this year and is slated for completion in 2026. “I have been constantly informed about the developments in the Ülemiste area and in light of the works presented to the public today,” said Taavi Aas, Estonia’s Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure. “I am more than convinced that the area is becoming one of the most attractive and, in terms of infrastructure, synergistic in Tallinn . A true multi-modal transport hub is emerging, with rail, bus and air traffic coming together there in the future.” + Zaha Hadid Architects Images via Zaha Hadid Architects and negativ.com

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MAD unveils an energy-saving snowflake-shaped terminal for Harbin Airport

May 31, 2019 by  
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MAD Architects has unveiled a snowflake-shaped design for Terminal 3 of Harbin Taiping International Airport that draws inspiration from the region’s snowy landscape and boasts greater operational efficiency and energy savings as compared to typical terminal architecture . Located in the capital of China’s Heilongjiang Province, the Harbin Taping International Airport is one of the largest transportation hubs in Northeast Asia. The new Terminal 3 will greatly expand the airport’s capacity and cover an area of 3,300 hectares. As with almost all of MAD Architects’ work, the Harbin Taiping International Airport’s Terminal 3 design evokes a futuristic feel with sinuous lines and modern materials. The terminal will consist of ancillary airport facilities, including ground transportation hubs, a hotel, retail and parking lots. The ridges on the roof, which mimic snowdrifts and the gentle slopes of China’s Northern plains, serve as skylights that bathe the interior with natural light and warmth. Lush indoor gardens connect the building’s different levels and delineate major zones in the terminal. “Like a snowflake that has gently fallen onto the earth, it creates an architectural poetry that settles into its locale, while simultaneously expressing itself as a surreal, interstellar space of future air travel,” the architects explained. “While the massiveness of the terminal is inevitable, MAD’s design manages to establish an architectural program that is human-scale and provides a multi-sensory experience that is also efficient and energy saving . The scheme’s snowflake-shaped, five-finger departure corridors greatly shorten the time it takes for passengers to arrive at their gate, while also minimizing congestion and improving the overall efficiency of the airport apron.” Related: MAD brings a surreal sports campus that mimics a green, martian landscape to China Once complete, Terminal 3 will be seamlessly connected to Harbin City via the Ground Transportation Center hub that offers high-speed rail, municipal subway lines, airport buses and other urban transit together. MAD Architects’ focus on efficiency and energy saving is particularly important, given the forecasts for the new terminal: by 2030, Terminal 3 is expected to cater to 43 million passengers annually, with approximately 320,000 outgoing flights per year. + MAD Architects Images via MAD Architects

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Why Urban Gardening Landed At The U.S.’s 5th Busiest Airport

December 23, 2015 by  
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Airport sustainability? Farm-to-plane? No matter what you call it, urban gardening is soaring to new heights with JetBlue’s new outdoor ‘T5 Farm’ at Terminal 5 in John F. Kennedy International Airport. Urban gardening takes off A variety of…

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Seville’s New Shipping Container Cruise Terminal is a Flexible & Bioclimatic Port Stop

June 9, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Seville’s New Shipping Container Cruise Terminal is a Flexible & Bioclimatic Port Stop Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , buro4 , Cargotecture , cruise terminal , eco design , green architecture , Green Building , green design , hombre de piedra , modular design , multi-purpose hall , pavilion , port , prefab construction , sevilla , seville , shipping container cruise terminal , shipping container port , shipping container terminal , shipping containers , Spain , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , terminal cruceros sevilla

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Heathrow Airport’s New Terminal 2 Opens Today at 10% Capacity

June 4, 2014 by  
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Illegal Road Built Through Protected Wetlands for Unapproved $500 Million Coal Terminal

August 2, 2011 by  
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New York Fashion Week: 8 Hot Trends for Fall 2011 by Emerging Green Designers (Slideshow)

February 25, 2011 by  
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NOW Showcase Fall 2011, New York Fashion Week.

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Terracycle and Friends finds a Home in New York City’s Port Authority Bus Terminal

March 30, 2010 by  
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Terracycle has opened the world’s largest “green” pop-up store in NYC’s Port Authority building. Image credit: Terracycle There was a time when the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan was little more than place to catch a bus.

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