The terminal is designed to blend harmoniously with natural topography rather than impose itself on it. The specificity of the project lies in the treatment of its volumetry. The compactness of the building is tailored to integrate into the landscape and preserve the visual breakthroughs. Designed essentially on the same level, it takes advantage of the natural slope of the site and Valorizes it as an element of composition. Like a large airplane wing deployed, the terminal seems to be simply placed on the forecourt. Its silhouette, marked by the undulation of the roof, gives the illusion that the building is gradually emerging from the ground.
The terminal opens onto the site by a vast courtyard. This mineral and vegetal space is very functional and constitutes an animation center to federate the whole project. The composition of the forecourt and the promenade opposite the terminal facilitate the access in soft modes or public transport. The train tram station is located near the recording room, south of the courtyard, to facilitate the passenger routes. The clarity of the spaces, divided by transparent and flexible walls, which can evolve and move in time, form an organic, rich and luminous whole. The floors, walls and ceilings show ease of implementation, constructive clarity and a “truth of materials” that the architecture of this airport highlights. The natural element is an essential component of the project. Vegetation is not simply thought of as visual comfort, it is a dynamic organizing element and a component of the identity of the new airport. One of the specificities of the project is also to integrate artificial light into the structure of the building to illuminate it at night so as to create a luminous halo visible from the entrance of the site.
– Client: DGAC
– Architect: Arte Charpentier Architectes
– Partner Architect: HOK London
– SNC Lavalin
Specificities of the operation
– Title: Airport Taranis
– Postal Code: 44130
– Town: Notre-Dame des Landes
– Competition: 2010
– Program of the operation: Construction of an airport.
– Area: 35 000 sqm
Photo credits: DR Arte Charpentier Architectes