AS&P's proposed design for Frankfurt terminal narrowly misses out
Albert Speer und Partner GmbH, together with their partner, FAAG Technik GmbH, placed second in the awarding process for Terminal 1A West. Regarding design and amenity quality as well as functionality, their proposal even placed first amongst the international competition in the procedure. However, in the total assessment of all criteria the partnership had to concede to a tight victory.
The Terminal 1A West project comprises a significant step towards the expansion of the existing passenger terminal of Frankfurt am Main Airport and is planned to become operational in 2011. The construction cost of the approximately 160,000 m² terminal has been estimated at €300 million. With Lufthansa as its main occupant, and since the terminal is planned to serve the new A380 mega airliner, it is particularly important to the airport.
In addition to designing the terminal and its seven gates for large airliners the task was also to design a central check-in area, retail and lounge sections. In their design, AS&P and FAAG interpreted these in the form of an independent building. With its triple levels this so-called "root building" would have offered spectacular views of the runways and given the airport terminal a previously unseen amenity quality.