Brazilian Airport Terminal – design by biselli+katchborian in Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Guarulhos Airport Terminal 3

2011-

Design : biselli+katchborian

New International Terminal in Guarulhos Airport, in São Paulo TPS3 – Guarulhos

The new Passenger Terminal Complex of the São Paulo International Airport, located in Guarulhos, is comprised of two volumetrically distinct but connected sectors: a 230.000m² Passenger Terminal (TPS3) and a 150.000m² Parking Garage. São Paulo International Airport is currently the largest airport in Brazil and serves as the country’s main hub for international travel.

The design of the new terminal is based on three principles: a unique and monumental character inherent to architecture on an international scale; the prioritization of sound construction methodology to ensure the timely achievement of project goals; and the full functionality of the design to make the transit of up to 19 million annual travelers both reasonable and efficient.

The passenger terminal will be connected to the surrounding road network by the existing runway system that currently powers terminals 1 and 2, as well as the cargo terminals. To maximize the functionality of an expansion that is projected to fluctuate 12 to 19 million passengers per year, additional transportation options—such as a subway, elevated rail and/or future high speed train—are also being considered.

The geometry of the roof reinforces the “under one roof” concept and proposes a structural system that, despite the apparent formal complexity, results in a simple design. As a single morphological element, the roof reflects the horizontality of the site and suggests topography consistent with the primary function of the building. The curvature of the frontal horizontal surface is reflected directly by three large, smooth arches that are easily distinguishable on the scale of the airport and that are consistent with modern building regulations.

A series of special steel trusses, spaced 15 meters apart, will support the structure and ensure that the eaves are projected at their appropriate heights; the result of which will be a curve that originates above the check in area, rises gradually to a peak at the center of the structure and then levels off more abruptly towards the far end of the building.

Terminal 3 – São Paulo International Airport – Building Information

MAG Consortium:
PJJ Malucelli Achitecture
Biselli + Katchborian Architects
Andrade Rezende Engineering

New Passenger Terminal located in Guarulhos, São Paulo

Material: biselli+katchborian architects

Contractor: Infraero – Empresa Brasileira de Infra-Estrutura Aeroportuária

Firms Responsible for the Project
Consortium MAG
PJJ Malucelli Arquitetura
Biselli + Katchborian Arquitetos – GPA Arquitetura
Andrade Rezende Engenharia

Year: 2010-
Area: 230.000m²
Location: Guarulhos – SP/ Brazil

Guarulhos Airport Terminal 3 Sao Paulo images / information from Isay Weinfeld arquiteto

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