BIAL unveils SOM’s design for garden terminal at Bengaluru airport

5 April 2019 (Last Updated April 5th, 2019 13:57)

Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) has revealed the design of the new garden terminal (T2) for the Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru (BLR Airport) in Bengaluru, India.

BIAL unveils SOM’s design for garden terminal at Bengaluru airport
BIAL reveals SOM’s design for new garden terminal at Bengaluru airport. Credit: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP.

Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) has revealed the design of the new garden terminal (T2) for the Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru (BLR Airport) in Bengaluru, India.

Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), the new terminal will feature trees, small gardens, and ponds with local species of plants. Upon completion, the terminal is expected to serve approximately 25 million passengers per annum.

The first phase of the terminal project will span across 255,000m² and is scheduled to be completed by March 2021. Design of the new terminal is inspired by Bengaluru’s history as a ‘Garden City’.

BIAL managing director and CEO Hari Marar said: “Terminal 2 is dedicated to the beautiful city of Bengaluru.

“Terminal 2 will stand apart from every other airport in the world.”

“Designed as a reflection of this city, it is founded on four pillars: technological leadership, the idea of a terminal in a garden, environmental and ecological stewardship, and a celebration of Karnataka’s rich heritage and culture.

“Together with SOM, we have created an iconic new terminal Bengaluru can truly be proud of.”

Every passageway throughout Terminal 2 will connect travellers with nature. Planted bells will be hanged from the ceiling at the entrance, check-in, and security.

A large indoor garden featuring rammed-earth walls and waterfalls will be developed to offer a gateway into the densely-landscaped retail space.

After that, the shopping area will connect to the gates through Terminal 2’s ‘forest belt’, which has been designed to provide an immersive, soothing outdoor experience to both departing and arriving passengers.

Terminal 2 uses its landscape design to support the project’s sustainability goals. The planned building enclosure will use high-performance glazing and calibrated shading to temper natural light.

SOM director Peter Lefkovits said: “Terminal 2 will stand apart from every other airport in the world.

“The orchestration of every component, both natural and man-made, creates a passenger experience that we hope will set a precedent for the future of airport design.”