The landscape and culture in Northern China and the 'Silk Road' have inspired the latest project from HKS architects
The inspiration for the architectural design concept for 'Urumqi North Terminal 1' was derived through three main elements:
Landscape: The textures and lines prevalent in both the rugged mountains and smooth flowing desert areas provide inspiration for the architectural expression. Bright colors can be found in the strata of the various mountains and rock faces. It is this very specific form and color that inspires the architectural design.
Culture: The culture of the Xinjiang region is influenced by a multitude of diverse countries. From Russia and Mongolia to the north, to Kazakhstan to the east and India and Nepal to the south, this region's history is rich in tradition, color and textiles. The same colors that are present in the landscape are found throughout the various fabrics, patterns and textures in traditional clothing. It is this very specific color palette and prominent textile pattern that is represented in the architectural building skin.
The 'Silk Road's' quest: The rich history of the Silk Road refers to a historical network of interlinking trade routes that connected Asia with the European world, the 'Silk Road' is characterised by the meaning, 'a continuous journey', and represents an extended 4,000 mile excursion. The Silk Road gets its name from the lucrative Chinese silk trade, which began during the Han Dynasty and in several respects helped lay the foundations for the modern world. It is this very path in which we draw inspiration for the architectural expression through representation of colorful silk movement in the wind.
These inspirational elements form a graceful, elegant and progressive new gateway to the 'west quest' design concept and represent an interpretation of those profound features throughout the architecture. The combination of efficiency, flexibility, connectivity, and high quality passenger service, in conjunction with the graceful expression, will create a new architectural gateway for the journey into the future.