Farnborough Airport, Farnborough, UK
Farnborough Airport is a former military aerodrome and research station, now a private airport and home to a world famous air show. The futuristic control tower, terminal and hangar transformed the site when it opened in 2006. The terminal and operations building were designed to offer grandstand views of the activities of the airport, and are inspired by airship interiors, ocean liners and early art deco airport buildings.
The 5,000sqm terminal building consists of a two storey office and operations ‘wing’ clad in aluminium shingles which appears to hover over the glazed ground floor which consists of customer lounges and conference rooms. The terminal weighs just 350 tonnes, that’s 50 tonnes lighter than a Boeing 747 ready for take-off.
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