South Wing Expansion, Athens International Airport

Construction Completion: July 2020 • Client: Athens International Airport – Technical Services • In collaboration with Tombazis & Associates • Area: 16.800sqm • Services : Architectural Design (Concept, Outline, Detail Design, Tender Documents) & Author Supervision • Photography: Yiorgis Yerolympos

The project refers to the design of the South Wing Expansion (SWE) of the existing AIA Main Terminal Building (MTB), in order to cover a critical increase in Extra Schengen’s (ES) operational needs due to a new European Security Regulatory Framework enforced in April 2019 that foresaw a strict passport control process for all arriving and departing non-Schengen passengers. Dedicated to commercial air transport, the main terminal’s building enlargement of its footprint to the South, would add approx. 98m to a 354m façade and would provide sufficient space for the Extra Schengen operational areas as well as additional concession and back of house space. The client requested to replicate the original architectural design of the building, while upgrading the technology of the materials and construction systems, without implementing significant design variations to the exterior or the interior. The project was the first attempt to extend the terminal beyond its original envelope. The architects regarded this as an opportunity to re-assess the building’s façade and morphology and set a new architectural discourse, upgrading the design of the entire complex.

The volume is perforated by an array of large-scale louvers. In a gradual rotation from parallel to perpendicular, the configuration blurs the understanding of the envelope limits, progressively opening up to sky reflections. Suspended, outside the building envelope, the louvers trace a soft curve, animating the elevation to the approaching passenger and creating three entirely different impressions when observed frontally or angularly.
During nighttime, the extension transforms into a lighthouse for the landing planes.

Architectural Design: Alexandros N. Tombazis & Associates Architects, AVW Architecture • Authors: Angeliki Athanasiadou, Katerina Vassilakou, Yiannis Romanos • Architectural Design Team: Annita Klemou, Mara Petra, Dimitra Ravani, Aristea Talagani, Ismini Ziouva, Natalia Grammatikou, Constantine Cosmas, Amalia Soulioti, Vania Papadakou, Konstantinos Varvitsiotis, Katerina Pertselaki, Christina Nikolaidou, Maria Tsakali, Penelope Patsi • Facade Lighting Design: Eleftheria Deko • Structural Engineers: Alexandros Athanasiadis and Associates, Kyriaki Kalantzi • MEP & HVAC Engineers: TEKEM • Geotechnical: Dr. Stavros V. Tolis • FLS: B. & T. Pyrgiotis & Associates • Accoustic Consultant: Dr. Gottfried Schubert • HSSE: Management Force – Dr. Georgios D. Panopoulos • Commissioning: V. Paraskevopoulos Consultants • Quantity Surveyors: George Gougas & Associates, Dimitra Kosti • Project Management, Design Services & Construction Supervision: R-PORT Consortium • Project Management: Basil • Construction: Aktor