Suvarnabhumi Airport: Bangkok, Thailand
Author: Matthias Schuler Authors: Helmut Jahn, Werner Sobek Avedition, 2007
Airports today are a new building type. They have become a strange combination of transportation centre and shopping mall. Like in a city the experience leads through squares, streets and rooms for transportation, commerce and private uses. At Suvarnabhumi Airport innovative and integrated architectural structural and environmental design were used, new materials and systems of advanced technology were developed. The result is a building flooded with controlled daylight in a tropical climate. After eleven years of planning and construction the terminal was opened for passenger traffic in Setpember 2006. Helmut Jahn is leader of the famous architectural firm Murphy / Jahn, based in Chicago. Founded over 70 years ago, Murphy / Jahn has created many notable projects in the United States / Europe, including Chicago OHare International Airport, United Airlines Terminal One Complex, Sony Center, Berlin and Post Tower, Bonn, Germany.