As part of an international design competition, One Works recently submitted proposals for the new Passenger Terminal Building at Debrecen International Airport – a small regional airport located in Hungary’s Northern Great Plain region.
The concept reflects the ambition of the airport to become Eastern Hungary’s key infrastructure by responding to current demand, whilst offering flexibility for both the airfield and terminal buildings in the future. In addition to the main passenger terminal building, the competition also included the design of a new General Aviation Terminal Building, runway and apron, car parking facilities, and all relevant access roads.
The concept of the new Passenger Terminal Building uses the idea of “Biophilia” as a guiding principle. The design of the twisted, organic structure and green features provide a unique environment where indoor and outdoor spaces work together to improve the passenger’s overall well-being and create a positive passenger experience. In line with this concept, and as seen as a trend across the design and construction industry, timber was chosen as a key material both for its sustainability credentials and positive sensory properties it conveys.
Due to the airport’s proximity to the city, there is a real opportunity for the new terminal building to become a mobility hub for serving the wider region and communities. As such, the Airport City concept becomes essential for integrating efficient routes between micro-mobility and the local railway network, reducing the need for cars and prioritising more sustainable modes of transport, as well as providing greener spaces and a pedestrianized forecourt to strengthen the placemaking ambitions of the client.