IDEAL AIRPORT PROJECT
This was originally designed for a TSA worldwide security design contest. I teamed up with a very talented young Architect by the name of Conar Piermarini for this project. We wanted to create a design that lacked aesthetic complexities because those details could prove to be security breaches.
First thing we decided was to have the parking garage distanced from the main complex for several reasons. First of all, any car can drive into the garage from the street with anything in it. Car checks are not practical, so isolation was the solution. There will be a tram that takes you to the main complex. There will be a security check point in order to board.
Another concern with designing a "security airport" was designing with the comfort of the passengers in mind. It is an architects responsibility to design spaces that wont make one nervous or uncertain of what actions to take and in what order. This can prove to be difficult with hundreds of Security Guards, Police Officers, watching your every move.
The spaces were designed to let light in from all directions by means of an open plan which allows glass on all sides. The movement through the airport is circular in a strict counter clockwise motion.
All passengers are directed to the check points in the South East building. Once all is clear, passengers enter the platform for the circular tram which takes them to concourses A, B, and C. As passengers exit onto their concourses, arriving passengers can load the tram. The fourth and final stop on the tram is the baggage claim, located on the South West (to the left of the security checkpoint. The tram is then checked for items left behind before it continues on to it's next cycle.
This system separates the concourses from the unsure security areas of the complex. The concourses and their three story "Sky Mall" are green zones. This means that all passengers have either been cleared through airport security here or from where they came from.