Noida International Airport (NIA), the upcoming greenfield airport at Jewar, Uttar Pradesh, has been awarded Architectural Review Future Projects’ “Best Infrastructure Award 2022”. The AR Future Projects awards are a window into tomorrow’s cities, celebrating excellence in unbuilt and incomplete projects and the potential for positive contribution to communities, neighborhoods, and urban landscapes around the world. Noida International Airport’s passenger terminal has been designed by Nordic, Grimshaw, Haptic, and STUP, merging Indian warmth and hospitality with Swiss efficiency. The design complements customer comfort with sustainability, and timeless design with flexibility for future needs.
The terminal design envisions 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. The passenger terminal’s 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.
NIA’s design pivots on sustainable development and it will be India’s first net-zero emissions airport. It will feature design elements which are not only synonymous with local architecture, but also contribute to sustainable operations. For instance, the terminal’s central landscaped courtyard will bring in natural light and ventilation reducing energy costs and CO2 footprint. The campus landscaping is designed not just for aesthetic purposes but for utilitarian value.
The other design elements synonymous with the local region’s architecture will include flights of steps at the terminal forecourt, like the famous ghats of Varanasi and Haridwar, welcoming and bringing together people. Delivering the look and feel of a haveli, a courtyard will allow fresh air and sunlight into the terminal building. Inspired by the important rivers of the region, a white, translucent, wavy roof will give the effect of a flowing river. The passenger terminal will feature intricate ornamental lattice screens, inspired by Indian architecture. Noida International Airport will showcase a grand entry to the state of Uttar Pradesh.
Christoph Schnellmann, Chief Executive Officer, Yamuna International Airport Private Limited, said, “It is an honor to receive this award. The design has been developed in close collaboration with Nordic, Grimshaw, Haptic, and STUP, with an efficient layout, convincing design language, and multiple high-quality areas, spaced out with lush greenery with a balanced concept for both energy savings and a tangible sense of sustainability. We aim for customer comfort with sustainability and design inspired by India.”
Tomas Stokke, Director, Haptic Architects, said, “On behalf of the design team, we are very proud to receive this prestigious award. It is a testament to the hard work carried out by the whole team, both client side and on the design team side. It is a highly innovative design, and we are very much looking forward to seeing the building being realised over the coming years.”
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 travelers. The design of the airport will encompass parameters such as short and efficient passenger flows, digital services, and commitment to minimal environmental impact.
Zurich Airport International had selected a consortium consisting of Nordic, Grimshaw, Haptic and STUP in December 2020 as the architects to design the passenger terminal of Noida International Airport (NIA) 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.