New Orleans unveils design for new airport by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

New Orleans unveils design for new airport by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

New Orleans unveils design for new airport by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Jan. 16, 2014) — Officials in New Orleans have revealed PCPA’s design for the new Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. The new building, scheduled to open in 2018, will replace the airport’s current terminal. The new airport will feature convenient access, intuitive wayfinding, spacious departures and arrivals halls, and increased international capacity. With two concourses and 30 gates, this state-of-the-art airport will be able to serve 5 million passengers a year at its opening with room for future expansion.

Designing the building to show the exceptional qualities of New Orleans was an important requirement of the New Orleans Aviation Board. The new airport presents an innovative and functional approach to air travel with a design that reflects of the city’s vibrant culture. The building’s form evokes the geography of the Delta region and soft curves of the Mississippi River. Symmetrical in plan, the building forms a gentle arc on three sides. A monumental roof rises toward the building’s centerline, where it crests over a large central skylight. The terminal facades are primarily glass, allowing for views out to the airfield.

The airport’s interior design also alludes to the culture, ecology, and urban fabric of New Orleans.  The interiors draw colors and patterns for the architecture of New Orleans neighborhoods and occasional indoor green spaces recall the public squares and courts so essential to the city. Numerous skylights brighten the public spaces and filter daylight, filling the interiors with the dappled light often seen in the city’s many courtyards and shaded parks. In addition, retail and concession areas will feature local food, marketplace shopping, and musical performances.

PCPA is designing the new airport with the Crescent City Aviation Team, a Leo A. Daly/Atkins Global Joint Venture that includes New Orleans-based Manning Architects and Hewitt Washington Architects. Parsons Brinckerhoff is providing project management.

PCPA’s previous airport experience includes the North Terminal, an award-winning addition to Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.; the LEED-certified Winnipeg James Richardson International Airport in Manitoba; and a terminal at Haneda Airport in Tokyo.

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