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Grimshaw completes Pulkovo airport terminal

[FIRST LOOK] Grimshaw’s Pulkovo International Airport terminal in St Petersburg, Russia has been officially opened to the public

The event signals the completion of the first phase of the international airport’s €450 million masterplan.

The new terminal’s roof and external envelope are designed to react to the extremes in climate faced by the city of St Petersburg.

Grimshaw originally saw off competition from SOM and van Gerkhan in an international contest for the job back in 2007.

Phase two of the masterplan will be completed in 2015 and will cater for 17 million passengers.

Grimshaw Pulkova

The architect’s view

Pulkovo Airport, the third largest airport in the country, will act as a gateway to St Petersburg and Russia, while reflecting the city it serves. The internal layout of the new terminal consists of distinct zones connected, designed to echo the external layout of islands and bridges that make up the city. These open rooms are comparable to the many civic spaces found in St Petersburg, emphasising the airport’s role as the first and last great public space of the region for air travellers.

This building represents a point of departure for Grimshaw. We are known for our expressive structures and attention to detail. We wanted to keep all of those elements – the practicality and the buildability, and our interest in sustainability – but also try to make this building more about form and space.

This development is a quantum leap, easily holding its own among the world’s top airports. I think the future for St Petersburg is bright; Pulkovo will become a large hub, drawing business from Asia and Eastern Europe.

Grimshaw Pulkova

Project data

Location St Petersberg, Russia 
Type of project airport 
Architect Grimshaw
Executive architect Pascal + Watson
Lead design consultant Ramboll
Structural engineer Arup
Services engineer Buro Happold
Quantity surveyor Turner and Townsend
Airport specialist Naco
Retail specialist Chapman Taylor
Fundingpublic-private partnership development programme
Completion date February 2014 (phase one), 2015 (phase two)
Total cost €450 million

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