The design for the terminal, to the north-west of Nantes, blends harmoniously with the natural topography, rather than imposing itself upon it. The project is notable in the treatment of its volumes; the compact forms are articulated to integrate into the landscape and preserve the existing views. Arranged on a level with the site, it takes advantage of the natural slope of the land and incorporates it into the composition. The form of the terminal building suggests an airplane wing and the undulating silhouette of the roof, gives the impression that the building is gradually emerging from the ground.
The terminal opens onto a vast forecourt. The hard and soft landscaped space is functional in nature, and it provides animation and forms a cohesive whole with the project. The composition of this space and the promenade opposite the terminal facilitate cycle and pedestrian access. The tram station is located on the south side near the departures check-in lounge, giving direct access for passengers. The clarity of the spaces and transparent, flexible partitions, together form a rich and luminous whole. The detailing of floors, walls and ceilings express a constructive simplicity and a material ‘authenticity’ that the architecture of this airport enhances. Nature also plays an important role in the project. Vegetation is not considered as a visual add-on; it is employed as a dynamic, organizing component of the design and contributes towards the identity of the new airport. One of the particularities of the project is the integration of lighting in the structure of the building, to create a luminous halo visible from the approach.
– Client: DGAC
– Architect: Arte Charpentier Architectes
– Partner Architect: HOK London
– SNC Lavalin
– Title: Airport Taranis
– Postal Code: 44130
– Town: Notre-Dame des Landes
– Competition: 2010
– Programme: Construction of an airport.
– Area: 35 000m²
Photo credits: DR Arte Charpentier Architectes