Frederic Schwartz Architects


Chennai, India

Invited International Competition Winner

Chennai International Airport

As the winner of an invited international design competition for the new domestic and international terminals at the Chennai Airport; Schwartz Architects teamed with Gensler USA and the Creative Group in India are currently in the construction document phase for over 150,000 m2 of new construction plus two 1,200 car parking garages and the airports roads and infrastructure.

The new terminals are elegant and modern structures with dramatic, hovering wing-like roof. The super-efficient organization of security and circulation form the basis of an innovative plan that is centered on two lush sustainable gardens. Unlike any other airport in the world, these gardens are visible throughout the terminals creating a unique dialogue between interior and exterior spaces. The building and courtyard concept stems from a fully integrated approach to sustainable planning and design. The symbiotic relationship between the terminal’s visionary form and the courtyard landscape, delivers an enriching and beautiful experience for passengers, visitors and employees. The building’s steel structure rises with a curved roof to form a light and open, column-free terminal with expansive glass curtain walls that create a feeling of spaciousness. Skylights follow the geometry of the trusses, further opening the structural framework to allow natural light to permeate the terminals.

Chennai International Airport


Chennai International Airport







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