Sasaki releases details of masterplan for reconsidered urban airport site in Belarus
Founded on state-of-the-art ecological and urban strategies, Sasaki’s master plan for Minsk City celebrates the rare opportunity to transform an existing 320-hectare urban airport site into a dynamic, attractive, and sustainable new district for the city of Minsk, Belarus.
The master plan provides a 24/7 vibrant, diverse, and balanced mixed-use program that celebrates the unique airport heritage, while also re-integrating regional ecological, vehicular, and public transport networks. The master plan brings Belarusian landscape heritage, ecology, and contemporary sustainable living together to create a compact urban district in the urban context of Minsk.
A district park system extends from the existing regional riparian corridor to the south of the site. This system permeates the development to define several distinctive and walkable neighbourhoods, creating a unique landscape - a 'city in a forest'. Various high density urban centres associated with major transit stations provide strong focal points of activity and amenity within close proximity of all residents and visitors.
Existing buildings and airport infrastructure across the site are retained and given new life. For example, the existing airport terminal is reimagined as an air museum, and the existing runway is conceived as Runway Park - a linear park that links each neighbourhood while serving key ecological and infrastructural aspects of the plan.