The proposal for the new terminal of the Tulum Airport offers just such a combination of experiences. The form is simple: a vault that rises gradually from the ground on the land-side before forming the central volume of the concourse and descending to meet the ground on the air-side. The difference in height on each side of the asymmetric arc reflects the difference in scale between the pedestrian experience and scale of the airplanes and runways. Its shape is reminiscent of the cross-section of an airplane wing. It reflects the streamlined forms of classic aviation architecture while also drawing upon the history of long-span Mexican architecture. The use of a steel structure and a glass and metal cladding system reflects
a contemporary approach to high-performance buildings while also being executed via a series of diamond and triangular patterns that give the building a timeless feel.