MVRDV’s ‘Czech lantern’ design chosen for Prague airport extension

Images courtesy of MVRDV/Atchain
Dutch architect MVRDV and Netherlands Airport Consultants (NACO) have won a competition to design a three-building extension to Vaclav Havel Airport in Prague.

Two buildings will contain a security area, a vertiport and business and VIP lounges. The third, to be located on the other side of the airport loop road, will contain a hotel, conference centre and parking facilities.

The structures will be “draped” with satellite images of the Czech Republic, creating three “lanterns”. These will also be visible on the interior ceilings.

The images can be programmed to communicate information about various current events around the country.

Winy Maas, MVRDV’s founding partner, said: “Most airport experiences these days have become detached from any sense of place, or any sense of control for the traveller. At Prague this will soon be different.

“As you pass through security you will feel surrounded by the greenness of the Czech landscape – in the ceiling, which shows its green landscapes and, in the courtyards, nearby, which host plants that are recognisable from the Czech biotope. The experience will give a sense of calm and control … a moment to feel grounded, just before you take off.

Esther Kromhout, NACO director, added: “This is a unique project, one which we’re very proud to be a part of. Underpinned by the principles of sustainability and building for the future, we’re also embracing unique design elements that will make for an immersive, exciting experience as passengers pass through airport.”

NACO is a subsidiary of Dutch consultant Royal Haskoning.

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