The world’s busiest/most popular/most visited/whatever airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, could look dramatically different soon, as a batch of new renderings proves.
HOK — a global design, architecture, engineering, and planning firm — is leading a team that's designing $200 million in improvements to the airport's terminally hectic domestic passenger terminal. It's part of a $6 billion, 20-year expansion and modernization planned for Atlanta's famous Flughafen.
HOK officials tell Curbed that construction will begin later this year. They provided the renderings below as a preview of what airport patrons can expect. No timeline for completion was provided.
Per officials, a few key elements of the design include:
- Two 864-foot-long canopies will cover curbside pick-up and drop-off areas, redefining the character of the building as a 21st-century air terminal and protecting passengers from the elements.
- At curbside, travelers immediately connect with Atlanta’s green space and city parks through fritted glass panels that depict the forested landscape of the region.
- Inside, passengers will be greeted in the redesigned light-filled atrium featuring a park-like setting, lush with plants and a large circular skylight.
- The design accommodates both the curb-to-gate weekly business travelers and the leisure traveler.
- Expansive windows flood check-in areas with natural light and intuitive wayfinding help to improve circulation.
For further exploration, here's a symphonic new video that helps put the plans in context.