SEARCH IN BRIEF

 
India hails $3 billion showpiece airport terminal

A massive new terminal at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport is being touted as a testament to India's economic prowess. The sprawling five million square foot building was recently opened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi.

Complete with imported granite floors, huge white columns fitted with expensive speakers, 63 elevators, 95 immigration counters and a state of the art security and baggage system, Terminal 3 is also home to India's first transit hotel. Officials say the new nine-level hub will be able to handle 34 million passengers per year, making making it the world’s third-largest, after Dubai and Beijing.

"This is a confirmation that India has truly arrived on the world stage," India's Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel told the crowd of invited guests.

In addition to its architectural grandeur, the $3 billion building is attempting to be green with high ceilings featuring skylights to save on energy consumption during the day.

Designed by HOK working in consultation with Mott MacDonald, the new Terminal 3 was built in just 37 months in anticipation of the Commonwealth Games, which are coming to Delhi in October this year.

But the terminal is not without its critics. Some question the amount of money spent on the project, pointing out less than one percent of the population travels by air.

IN BRIEF
Thursday 15 July 2010
Álvaro Siza and Herzog & de Meuron win first Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize in Chicago
Fri 24 Oct 2014
UK architecture firm Kyson obtains planning consent for mixed-use scheme in Waterloo
Fri 24 Oct 2014
Expanded Den Frie Centre of Contempory Art in Copenhagen gears up for opening
Thu 23 Oct 2014
‘Winter Stations’ design competition to re-imagine Toronto’s winter waterfront launched
Thu 23 Oct 2014
Aedas’ Sandcrawler in Singapore wins 2014 American Institute of Architects NWPR Design Award
Tue 21 Oct 2014
ELI Beamlines by Bogle Architects wins Building of the Year at 2014 Czech Architecture Week
Tue 21 Oct 2014
Google doodle celebrates 382nd anniversary of birth of Sir Christopher Wren
Mon 20 Oct 2014
Donna van Milligen Bielke wins Dutch Prix de Rome Architecture 2014 prize
Mon 20 Oct 2014