JP-JETS VIP TERMINAL

ALNASSER + PARTNERS

Photos courtesy of Photo Hagop, Safwan Alnasser

JP-JETS VIP TERMINAL

ALNASSER + PARTNERSarchmarathonALNASSER + PARTNERS
Al Habaniyah St 18, 11195, Jordan
www.alnasserpartners.com
Category:
Transport
Project selected:
JP-JETS VIP TERMINAL
Location:
Aqab, Jordan
Year:
2012

The JP-Jets VIP terminal is a terminal for private jets built on a 10,000 m² piece of land in the coastal city of Aqaba in the south of Jordan. The project brief called for a built-up area of around 1,500 m² to accommodate a terminal with a receiving area, traveler lounges, and overnight accommodation for pilots, administrative facilities and services.
The project’s dynamic form evolved as a response to the surrounding context, producing a landmark building. The structure is composed of two contrasting masses; a glazed rectangular mass with a dramatic angular concrete skin wrapped around it. The rectangular mass, fully glazed and overlooking the airport apron and mountainous desert landscape, is related to the traveler and hence the more public elements of the building. Thus, it houses the lounges on the ground floor. The concrete skin, a two storey structure with slits of glazed openings, is related to the services and more private elements of the building.
The rectangular mass’s straight lines signify the patterns of human interventions in the desert area whilst the concrete skin’s sharp-edged surfaces reflect the rough lines of the mountains back dropping the project. The resulting structure is perceived as a sculptural landmark in the relatively rural landscape both from the air and on the ground.
With a form unprecedented in the surrounding context, the project required innovative, non-traditional methods of execution.

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