Nordic, Grimshaw, Haptic and STUP to Design the Passenger Terminal of the Delhi Noida Airport

Zurich Airport International has selected a consortium consisting of Nordic, Grimshaw, Haptic and STUP as the architects to design the passenger terminal of Delhi Noida International Airport (DNIA) at Jewar through a three-phase, design competition between June and August 2020. The winner was selected from three shortlisted teams with demonstrated experience in airport design – Gensler / Arup; Nordic, Grimshaw, Haptic and STUP; SOM / Mott McDonalds. The design competition was conducted under exceptional circumstances this year, and the architects prepared and presented their designs collaborating and communicating remotely. All three teams faced this challenge masterfully.

The winning design, presented by Nordic, Grimshaw, Haptic and STUP, best fits the defined project objectives: merging Swiss efficiency and Indian hospitality, creating a modern and seamless passenger experience, setting new benchmarks in sustainability for airport terminal buildings in India, envisioning green spaces inside and around the building, offering a concept for a future airport city, and providing flexible expansion options to serve 30 million passengers per year in the future.

 Christoph Schnellmann, Chief Executive Officer, Yamuna International Airport Private Limited said, “We are pleased to partner with Nordic, Grimshaw, Haptic and STUP to design this long-envisioned strategic project at Jewar. The team created the winning design with an efficient layout, convincing design language, multiple high-quality areas, spaced out with lush greenery with a balanced concept for both energy savings and a tangible sense of sustainability. The team demonstrated their proficiency in complementing customer comfort with sustainability, timeless design with flexibility for future needs. We will work closely with the team to ensure a design with everything available that a passenger expects at a world-class airport”.

Gudmund Stokke, Founding partner and Head of Design at Nordic spoke on behalf of the team, “We are very happy to have won the confidence of Zurich Airport through our competition design for the new Delhi Noida International Airport. DNIA will become a unique new gateway to the world city of Delhi and to the state of Uttar Pradesh. In this project Nordic, Grimshaw, Haptic and STUP will combine the collective experience and knowledge from the airports in Hyderabad, Oslo, Istanbul, Zurich to create a truly modern, innovative and green airport, based in a region of strong historic and cultural tradition”.

The new visionary airport for Delhi NCR, NOIDA and Western UP will provide a seamless travel experience ease of way finding and high-quality commercial offers and a pleasurable atmosphere for travellers. The design of the airport will encompass parameters such as short and efficient passenger flows, digital services and commitment to minimal environmental impact.

Once fully constructed, the Delhi Noida International Airport will be the second international airport serving the National Capital Region of Delhi and fast developing Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development area between Delhi and Agra. With the investment in the Delhi Noida International Airport project, Zurich Airport International commits to be a trusted partner for the Government of India and the Government of Uttar Pradesh by supporting the national agenda through infrastructure development and job creation.

In early October the Government of Uttar Pradesh signed the concession agreement with Zurich Airport International (ZAIA) to commence the development of the Noida International Airport at Jewar for a period of 40 years. ZAIA received the security clearance from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to develop the Noida International Airport at Jewar in May this year, after winning the contract to build and operate Delhi Noida International Airport (DNIA) in Greater Noida in November 2019.

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