Designed by SOM, Mumbai’s largest international airport terminal is now ready to open

Mumbai is all set to get its new, large and opulent international terminal which will be inaugurated next week on Friday by India’s prime minister, Manmohan Singh.  GVK, India’s leading conglomerate that runs Mumbai International Airport, took on the consortium project to build a new terminal to expand the congested and poorly functioning facility in 2007.

After six years it is ready to open one of the largest terminals in the world, beating Singapore’s Changi and the UK’s Heathrow in size, with its capacity to handle 40 million passengers each year. The airport is designed by New York’s Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM).  GVK’s managing director Gunupati Venkata Krishna Reddy wanted something Indian which could handle double the capacity efficiently and seamlessly.

Image copyright: SOM

The design of the terminal uses the Indian bird, the peacock, as a motif while the roof gives the impression of white peacocks in the sky. The 60-foot-high walls enclose a huge museum, housing 6,000-7,000 artefacts. The four-level airport building aims to be one of the most state-of-the-art facilities in the country. With 226,000 sq ft of retail space, it will offer everything that most international airports in the world boast of.

Spread over 4.4 million sq ft, terminal 2 will offer everything that represents modern and global standards at large facilities. Glass curtain walls and multi-level light wells provide ample natural light, while high-performance glazing and double glazing where necessary to cancel noise and rooftop greenery will help reduce solar heat gain. The terminal is cross-shaped to facilitate the quick and organised movement of both planes and passengers.

Come and visit Mumbai, all you world travellers, a swanky airport will welcome you!

Project Information

Project Completion Year: 2014

Design Completion Year: 2010

Project Inception Year: 2007

Site Area: 105 hectares

Project Area: 450,000 sq m

Number of storeys: 4

Building height: 45m

 

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