New international airport for Mexico City
Studio: Norman Foster + Fernando Romero Enterprise
Project: New international airport for Mexico City
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Year: work in progress
Credit: Norman Foster + Fernando Romero
In Spring 2014, the federal government of Mexico launched an invited international competition for the largest infrastructure development in Latin America.
A team led by Fernando Romero and Norman Foster designed the Mexico City Airport which aim was to revolutionize airport design and the experience of traveling, creating a building and infrastructure that will not only perform for the duration of the 21st century, but that will also manifest into an icon for the country of Mexico throughout the rest of time.
For passengers arriving, the Mexico City Airport will appear luminous from above, while upon vacating the aircraft they will experience a vast, column-free space, uplifting and full of light. This “Airport of the Future” is designed with inspiration from the past; the shape, the symbolism, the sheer monumentality of the building, are all drawn from Mexican art and architecture.
The architecture takes cues from the eagle on top of the rock devouring the serpent, one of the most prominent symbols in Mexico. For those picking up passengers, a lush Cacti Garden announces the entry to the terminal with the access road weaving like the form of a snake and the roof of the Terminal evoking the eagle with its wings opening to take flight. The intense colors, characteristic of Mexican culture, bleed into the functional components of the intelligent membrane skin/building facade. The Mesoamerican symbol of the sun is evoked within the central luminous vaulted hall.