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Old September 3rd, 2014, 11:26 PM   #1
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MEX | Mexico City New International Airport | U/C


Today Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto, government ministers, the Mayor of Mexico City, Lord Norman Foster and Fernando Romero, announced that a collaboration between Foster + Partners, FR-EE (Fernando Romero Enterprise) and NACO (Netherlands Airport Consultants) has won the international competition to design Mexico City’s new international airport. At 555,000 square metres, it will be one of the world’s largest airports. Conceived with Foster + Partners engineering team, the project revolutionises airport design – the entire terminal is enclosed within a continuous lightweight gridshell, embracing walls and roof in a single, flowing form, evocative of flight.

Designed to be the world’s most sustainable airport, the compact single terminal uses less materials and energy than a cluster of buildings. The design ensures short walking distances and few level changes, it is easy to navigate, and passengers will not have to use internal trains or underground tunnels – it is a celebration of space and light. Flexible in operation, its design anticipates the predicted increase in passenger numbers to 2028 and beyond, and its development will be the catalyst for the regeneration of the surrounding area.

With spans in excess of 100 metres, three times the span of a conventional airport, it has a monumental scale inspired by Mexican architecture and symbolism. The maximum span internally is 170 metres. The lightweight glass and steel structure and soaring vaulted roof are designed for Mexico City’s challenging soil conditions. Its unique pre-fabricated system can be constructed rapidly, without the need for scaffolding – the airport will be a showcase for Mexican innovation, built by Mexican contractors and engineers.

The entire building is serviced from beneath, freeing the roof of ducts and pipes and revealing the environmental skin. This hardworking structure harnesses the power of the sun, collects rainwater, provides shading, directs daylight and enables views – all while achieving a high performance envelope that meets high thermal and acoustic standards. The LEED Platinum design works with Mexico City’s temperate, dry climate to fill the terminal spaces with fresh air using displacement ventilation principles. For a large part of the year, comfortable temperatures will be maintained by almost 100% outside air, with little or no additional heating or cooling required.

Lord Foster said:

Stansted Airport’s reinvention of the conventional terminal in the 1990s was emulated worldwide – this breaks with that model for the first time. It pioneers a new concept for a large-span, single airport enclosure, which will achieve new levels of efficiency and flexibility – and it will be beautiful. The experience for passengers will be unique. Its design provides the most flexible enclosure possible to accommodate internal change and an increase in capacity. Mexico has really seized the initiative in investing in its national airport, understanding its social and economic importance and planning for the future. There will be nothing else like it in the world.”



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Old September 3rd, 2014, 11:27 PM   #2
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Old September 3rd, 2014, 11:31 PM   #3
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Here are the official renders to this magnificent project. By Lord Norman Foster + FREE

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Renders oficiales de Foster + Partners and FR-EE.





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Old September 3rd, 2014, 11:33 PM   #4
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And a most explicative video about the project, explained by Lord Norman Foster.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Giybp-Ampk8
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Old September 4th, 2014, 12:31 AM   #5
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Old September 4th, 2014, 12:40 AM   #7
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An extraordinary design!
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Old September 4th, 2014, 12:52 AM   #8
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Old September 4th, 2014, 01:03 AM   #9
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Wow, an Interjet 747? Nice.
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Old September 4th, 2014, 01:07 AM   #10
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Old September 4th, 2014, 03:36 AM   #11
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YES, IT´S AMAZING THE DESIGN.
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Old September 4th, 2014, 03:41 AM   #12
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The design is awesome and it will be impressive to be inside. I really hope those red lights at night will be kept as it will be an spectacular view from the distance, specially as seen from an airplane.
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Old September 4th, 2014, 04:06 AM   #13
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The design is awesome and it will be impressive to be inside. I really hope those red lights at night will be kept as it will be an spectacular view from the distance, specially as seen from an airplane.
Yes, can you imagine landing on that airport at night. Like landing on the mother ship and then once inside it would be just as impressive.
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Old September 4th, 2014, 05:21 AM   #14
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Definately seems like an improvement over the existing airport.

Are there plans to extend the Metro system to serve the new airport as well?
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Old September 4th, 2014, 05:55 AM   #15
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Definately seems like an improvement over the existing airport.

Are there plans to extend the Metro system to serve the new airport as well?
yes, I think there is a plan of a high speed rail that will connect the historic center and the new airport if im not wrong
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Old September 4th, 2014, 10:19 AM   #16
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I love this new airport,is veru necesary
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Old September 4th, 2014, 11:01 AM   #17
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Amazing design airport!
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Old September 4th, 2014, 01:04 PM   #18
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Looks incredible!
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Old September 4th, 2014, 04:46 PM   #19
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I believe the thread status should be changed, from PRO because it's already approved and In Construction.

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Old September 4th, 2014, 06:14 PM   #20
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Although the official announcement has been made, I'm not quite sure about the last. Have the works started already?
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