MEXICO. Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico (GAP) has partnered with The Design Solution to ship an formidable, domestically-impressed redesign of economic area at Guadalajara Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport.
GAP has declared its ambition to create the ‘greatest airport in Mexico’ at its house base in Guadalajara, Jalisco State, by 2026, below a Ps10 billion (US$504 million*) undertaking.
The plan consists of an extra runway and new terminal constructing in addition to, within the brief to mid-time period, a radical new Ps6 billion (US$302 million*) redesign of the industrial area within the current constructing by 2023. The extra area is because of open on a phased foundation over the subsequent two years. Within the core airside industrial space, the present 5,700sq m of area will improve to 7,250sq m.
The present terminal has benefited from quite a few growth initiatives since its opening in 1966 and immediately is a set of airside zones, advanced circulation patterns and architectural kinds, famous the partners.
The goal of the terminal redesign is to rationalise passenger flows, creating “a collection of participating touchpoints alongside the passenger journey, from safety to gate, with a visionary design that unifies the complete expertise.” The Design Solution has labored alongside the undertaking’s industrial consultants, Pragma Consulting, in fulfilling the accepted proposal.
The new plan optimises beforehand below-used area, creating a brand new vibrancy to the passenger expertise with a considerably enlarged industrial zone. The two safety areas are retained and passengers at the moment are drawn in the direction of the airside coronary heart of the terminal, a newly revitalised space overlooking the apron, surrounded by a dynamic mixture of retail, bars, eating places, pop-up websites and different customer support services.
“Our first process was to rationalise the passenger flows by means of the terminal to create an intuitive route within the airside industrial space. With this strategy, passengers have far more direct engagement with the higher publicity given to shops, eating places, bars, pop-ups and seasonal occasion experiences” defined The Design Solution Director Graeme Johns.
“It’s at all times a problem to remodel older terminals which have advanced by means of piecemeal improvement, particularly those who had been predominantly assembled earlier than industrial revenues turned so necessary. These new designs will create a world class facility and passenger expertise becoming for GAP’s ambitions to remodel Guadalajara International Airport and to maximise its industrial potential.”
He added: “Mexico is so wealthy in historical past, tradition, craft and distinctive landscapes and so discovering a particular characteristic to tie the designs collectively was not troublesome. Guadalajara is the guts of the Tequila and we had been impressed by the form of the harvested Agave plant used within the manufacturing of this iconic spirt, which can also be one of many quickest rising classes in journey retail. Its distinctive type is obvious all through the ornament of the terminal, similar to the ornamental lighting grilles featured in the primary walkways and within the meals & beverage space.”
GAP Chief Government Officer Raul Revuelta added: “We first labored with The Design Solution at Sangster Montego Bay Airport in Jamaica, one in every of our different operated airports. Shortly after, we appointed them to work at Los Cabos airport in Mexico and now on to Guadalajara. We now have labored collectively as a workforce over many months to create one thing we consider will rework the terminal, each by way of bringing passengers one of the best journey expertise in addition to rising our industrial supply. The pandemic inevitably means the implementation of our formidable plans will probably take longer than initially hoped however we look ahead to a phased strategy to attaining this imaginative and prescient.”
A key space of the redesign is centred on a flat roof cover, situated exterior the centre of the terminal constructing, over an expanded baggage space. The proposal is to remodel this right into a signature characteristic of the terminal, with an exterior backyard terrace, surrounding an Agave-impressed architectural shade pod, providing informal seating, planting and a singular consuming and ingesting vacation spot. The atmosphere of this backyard has additionally impressed the character of the indoor meals & beverage zone and is additional mirrored within the exterior really feel that’s introduced inside to the gate seating areas.
Closely planted areas embrace timber to enrich the minimalistic concrete benches with low degree below-lighting, combining to create a “mild, modern and pure panorama feel and look”. The exterior aesthetic is additional enhanced with the appliance of resin-certain combination flooring finishes and heat pure supplies.
A big rotunda area is launched immediately after the stroll-by means of responsibility free retailer, enabling passengers to pause, orientate themselves, examine flight info after which plan how one can spend their time earlier than heading to the gate, famous the partners. A big aura formation of pendant lights, constituted of Peltra, a Mexican porcelain enamel, designed by native modern design company Bandido Studio in Puebla, is suspended throughout the area, creating a press release with a strongly native Sense of Place.
Beside agave cultivation, Tequila and Mezcal manufacturing, Guadalajara is house to Mexico’s thriving software program trade, recognized worldwide as Mexico’s Silicon Valley. The airport is the nation’s third largest airport, dealing with nearly 15 million passengers in 2019. The new improvement will improve capability to 30 million passengers per yr, and permit a rise of +60% extra flights. Pre-pandemic passenger progress was double-digit and the airport anticipates a return to progress sooner or later.
In 2020, GAP airports served 27.3 million passengers, in comparison with 48.7 million in 2019.
*Be aware: US Greenback quantities quoted above are approximate because of the trade price on the date of publication and in addition based on the Peso trade price on the date of funding approval.