Skidmore, Owings & Merrill designs garden terminal for Bengaluru airport

US-based architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has unveiled its design for a ‘garden terminal’ at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, the capital city of Karnataka.

The first phase of construction will create a 255,000 sq m building serving 25 million passengers a year.

According to SOM, it is a “terminal within a garden”, complete with trees, local and exotic plants, ponds, waterfalls and a shopping area within a three-storey “forest belt”.

The architect said the vegetation will counteract carbon emissions, and the building enclosure will use glazing and shading to reduce artificial lighting. Outside the terminal, an expansive garden will surround a lagoon.

According to SOM, it will help maintain the terminal’s plant life. Elevated walkways will connect with Terminal 1 and the airport hotel.

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