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Grimshaw unveils designs for Frankfurt Airport Terminal

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Grimshaw has completed a masterplan for the for Frankfurt Airport Terminal

It said the current forecourt at the terminal had no sense of order nor respite from the noise and fumes of vehicles.

Grimshaw’s design seeks to reorder forecourt traffic to create a large central public space, with a series of smaller amenity spaces along it.

The surrounding forest landscape inspired the design of the forecourt, with dense planting at the forecourt edges becoming progressively more controlled.

A canopy oversails the forecourt, providing shelter from the elements while allowing in sunlight and fresh air.

The logistics and phasing of construction within a busy airport environment were fundamental to the development of the canopy structure. 

A small, self-stable construction module was defined for the canopy, allowing maximum flexibility in canopy phasing and eliminating the need for temporary bracing of the structural frame.

The structural module is clad in large, prefabricated, self-finished panels, accelerating construction and minimising work at height.

Grimshaw partner Andrew Thomas said: ‘Given the importance of the forecourt in defining a passenger’s first and last impression of the airport, the ambition of our design strives to create an environment that inspires its users, and which the client and passengers alike can be proud of.’ 

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