The Fentress Global Challenge 2016 has unveiled three winning proposals which reflect bold conceptual thinking, acute sensitivity to context, and skilled design from among entries for the fifth edition of this international student competition, organised by Fentress Architects.
Taking first place was ‘Airport Under the Forest Park’ set in Shanghai, China, designed by students Xingqiao Li, Fang Yu and Que Wang from the Xi'An University of Architecture and Technology in Xi'An, China. Set in Shanghai, the winning proposal points to a greener and more sustainable future for cities in China. With a sophisticated elevator system that interconnects underground takeoff runways, the design incorporates vast parklands and landscapes surrounding a sculptural terminal building.
Taking second place was Anna Andronova from the Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering in Russia, with her entry ‘Hong Kong Aerocenosis’. Inspired by the Chinese dragon figure, a conceptual take on urban infrastructure defines this futuristic proposal for Hong Kong. The speculative vision combines technology with a ubiquitous transportation system that links natural habitats with existing trade, production and recreation hubs across the city.
Third place was awarded to Rafat Jahandideh for ‘Caravanserai’, set in Dubai. The Manchester Metropolitan University student, based in Manchester, United Kingdom, was inspired by traditional construction techniques. Passive cooling strategies and an innovative use of materials were also blended together to inform this vernacular proposal for Dubai's coastal, intermodal transit hub. Conceived as a modular system, the new terminal offers travelers generous interior gardens and courtyards.
The People’s Choice Award went to Michel Ghostine and Christian Ghanem from the Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik, Jounieh, Lebanon. Their project, ‘Destination CDG’, incorporates green and inventive strategies for the adaptive reuse of existing infrastructure seek to make Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport more sustainable. The proposal suggests a high-tech prototype for future airports by transforming its desolated spaces and channelling movement flows to and from the city.
Founded by Curtis Fentress in 1980 and with studios across the USA, as well as in London and Shanghai, Fentress Architects is internationally known for its award-winning design of airports, such as the Denver International Airport and Incheon International Airport.