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The 24 hour Terminal

Part 2 Project 2011
Matthew Martoo
Queensland University of Technology Brisbane Australia
The architecture of the terminal is far more than the space, materials and finishes. It is a network of services feeding the building's functional areas. This network is supported by a structural framework into which the various activities are located.
Airports operate around the clock, but during late night to early morning, many spaces become wasted and unused. We can choose to push airline companies as hard as possible to operate around the clock, or we can respond to the need for a 24 hour terminal.
The airport - user relationship traditionally focus on supporting the departure and arrival of flights, as opposed to supporting the users of airport terminal. Consequently, the airport cannot adapt to changes in user requirements, especially during times when there is no departing or arriving flights.
The proposed airport - user relationship responds to the variety of user requirements and therefore provides spaces adapts to the changing needs of different users. The question that this proposal responds to is how can you provide spaces that respond to the limitless possible activities that users require within a 24 hour airport terminal?
Interchangeable, expanding and contracting spaces are the answer. These adaptable spaces house the varying activities within the airport and are continuously redefined, expanding and contracting to allow adjacent spaces to be born and others to die.

Matthew Martoo


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