THE INSPIRATION OF THE ARCHES IS TRANSFERRED TO A COVER THAT RESULTS IN SKYLIGHTS ADDRESSED TO THE AIRPORT PASSENGER TRANSIT AREAS. THESE SKYLIGHTS CREATE A GAME TOGETHER WITH THE SHADOWS WHERE AT THE SAME TIME BY THE FORM OF THE COVER THEY ARE OPENING AND CLOSING THE SPACES.
The design is guided by transforming local techniques into sophisticated art, spaces defined by light and shadows, and lightweight structural systems. The famous arches of the historical architecture of Guadalajara are a primary source of inspiration. The arches become a figure that carriers the structure that covers the facade of the terminal building. The inspiration of the arches is transferred to a cover that results in skylights addressed to the airport passenger transit areas. These skylights create a game together with the shadows where at the same time by the form of the cover they are opening and closing the spaces. The interlocking of the arches and their union at a point, achieve a support to distribute the structural efforts throughout the whole cover, making a modular system light and simple.
On the air side, this roof structure covers the central section of the concourse. On either side of the point at which the terminal and concourse intersect, the roof structure seamlessly transitions to cover the concourse, now with a shallower arch. The result of this formal language allows the façade and roof to become one. In doing so, the two elements work together to create a very impactful image of the airport as the traveler arrives and departs. In many ways, the airport has a genuine façade that contrasts with the many airports around the world whose envelope lacks a façade as a result of just having glass curtain walls. This further enhances the uniqueness of the airport and its connection to local design traditions while also offering a novel and forward-looking approach that pushes the boundaries of what airport architecture can be.
THE RESULT OF THIS FORMAL LANGUAGE ALLOWS THE FAÇADE AND ROOF TO BECOME ONE. IN DOING SO, THE TWO ELEMENTS WORK TOGETHER TO CREATE A VERY IMPACTFUL IMAGE OF THE AIRPORT AS THE TRAVELER ARRIVES AND DEPARTS.