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General Aviation Terminal in Warsaw

Conceptual design - Egeneering Diploma

 CASE STUDY

Small planes as air taxis are becoming more and more popular. As a fast form of transport, they allow you to cover huge distances in a very short time. Many aviation enthusiasts begin their childhood adventure with paper airplane models. Lightness, speed and flight length are paramount. Hence the inspiration to create a GA terminal inspired by the lightness of paper reinforced with origami structure.

MY ROLE

Main designer— idea, research, design

PROBLEM

Bemowo Babice Airport has an old infrastructure that supports light aircraft, therefore a new airport project was created, which will be a showcase for an increasingly popular means of transport.

ORIGAMI is the old Eastern art of making paper figurines. The rules dictate folding the paper without cutting and gluing. The roots of art go back to ancient China, where it was born with the invention of paper. Originally, origami figurines were used for religious ceremonies. This art, previously only available to wealthy courtiers, flourished with the spread of paper. After World War I, it also found its way to America and Europe. "Paper sculptures" try to more or less faithfully imitate real objects, and the only limitation is the artist's fantasy and durability of paper. Therefore, we can admire the whole range of patterns, from purely symbolic shapes that can be obtained in several folds, to very complex spatial models.

Bemowo Babice Airport has an old infrastructure that supports light aircraft, therefore a new airport project was created, which will be a showcase for an increasingly popular means of transport.

The main assumption was to create a functional layout of rooms allowing for efficient navigation around the terminal. A simple division into the arrivals on the ground floor and the passenger area observed by the airport staff from the first floor helped create a view of the airport apron in the center of the terminal. Thanks to this solution, the internal volume does not overwhelm the observer

The steel main structure is based on the origami structure. The cover is ETFE cushions filled with air, thanks to which they provide adequate thermal insulation. The passenger rooms are located on the ground floor, while the staff can control the operation of the facility from the first floor.

An additional challenge was to design a foldable hangar that may be needed in the future for various events organized at the airport. The type of structure ensures mobility through the use of special mobile solutions. ETFE pillows are flexible, which greatly facilitates the possibility of folding.

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