As part of Indian government's initiative of modernising and restructuring airport infrastructure, the architect was commissioned to give a long overdue facelift and space addition to the Delhi and Mumbai airport terminals. Between them, Delhi and Mumbai account for a large quantum of the local air traffic but the facilities were rundown and undersized.
One of the most demanding tasks in architecture is to give new form to what already exists. In this particular case, the objective was not only to renovate and expand existing buildings, but also creating a new image. The motivation for the projects was derived from the poetic seduction of aeroplanes with their aura of speed and dynamism. Appropriately, the architect endeavoured to give a forceful character to the form by using strong sinuous lines. The
modem facades of the new terminal buildings are crafted with aluminium composite panels and glass.
Mumbai Domestic Airport Terminals (1B, 1C, G. A, 5 star hotel.)
The all new look terminals IB and 1C of the Mumbai Domestic Airport were designed using aluminium composite panels, glass roofs, and large skylights. Terminal 1C, which was entirely newly buift, was placed between terminals 1A and 1B, terminal 1B was modernised and terminal 1A is currently undergoing the modernisation process. A five star hotel adjacent to T1C is also under construction as part of this upgradation process.
The column free check-in areas of IB and 1C are 230 m and 275 m in length and 21m and 22m in width respectively. 1B
includes 81 check-in counters while 1C has a 4000 sq m security hold area with 6 new boarding bridges and 2 new baggage handling belts. An extended mezzanine floor of 591 sq. m oversees the departure lounge of terminal 1C housing the food courts. The connection from T1A to T1C was created after puncturing the existing gable end .This allows passengers to check into T1B and take the flight from T1B departure hold area through newly built boarding bridges. In terminal 1B the skylight was created after cutting existing reinforced concrete slabs, beams and columns. It warrants natural light into the spaces and thereby is an energy efficient design. The area between the entrance canopy and the main building has an attractively landscaped garden.
With a total built up area of 5,00,000 sq ft spread over 30 acres, this project was a challenge to execute as alterations were made on a fully functional airport and flight and ground operations had to be shifted from time to time in order to carry out the modernisation.
The General Aviation (G.A.) terminal for chartered flights was also redesigned and transformed into a swanky lounge for the VIP passengers. It's entrance is from Kalina area of eastern Mumbai. The older shed like structure is now a plush 650 sq. m private airport with facilities like an immigration office, customs department, conference room, pilot briefing area, a bar and a rest room. It's first floor houses offices for these chartered flights.
The construction of new five star hotel within the airport land and modemaization of terminal 1A has begun and its still at the initail stages. The hotel will be adjoining TIC and have a built up area of around 4,50,000 sq ft. It is proposed to be 8 storeys tall, have 300 guest rooms and a car park area connecting to the proposed underground parking lot of the domestic airport. This luxurious hotel will have a glass and steel frame with large skylights and view of the runways.