Fentress architects unveils winning student designs for airport of the future
After reviewing 200 innovative student submissions from around the world, Fentress Architects is excited to announce the winning designs for the 2011 Fentress Global Challenge, an international competition launched last fall for architecture and engineering students to present their visions for the Airport of the Future. Expert jury members narrowed the submittals to 16 finalists, and then to the top three with two honourable mentions. Designs were evaluated on Creative Approach, Response to Site, Sustainability and Functionality. First place was awarded to student Oliver Andrew of London South Bank University, London.
The LDN Delta Airport is designed as prefabricated, massproduced islands situated in the Thames Estuary, upstream from London. The airport would ease the overcrowding of the surrounding airports, as there are no cars, runways, nor check-in desks, but is served solely via public transportation. Flight information is connected through passengers’ cell phones, providing the departure time and assigned gate. The airport supports vertical takeoff with hypersonic jets capable of flying at the edge of space, lifting off from purpose-built landing pads and uses the tidal currents to run on total sustainable power.