This new small terminal, part of an investment program set up by the Civil Aviation Authority at the Rome Urbe airport, aimed at consolidating general aviation traffic flow, helicopter connections, as well as Aero Club activities in one location. The goal of the Rome Urbe Airport, therefore, is to develop a role as a “city airport” similar to what exists in other major urban centers throughout the world, offering air accessibility for connections with other airports.
Within this context, the new airport represents one of the first steps toward an innovative type of architecture. The site is characterized by the presence of the Tevere River bending on the west side and a military area on the east side, therefore, the design choices were made to define a volume capable of interacting with these two different realities.
On landside, the building follows a straight line, while on airside the profile is curvilinear. The direct correlation with the environment begins to take shape with the two façades that deform and sculpt a solid linear front in tufa stone facing nodding to the military construction, setting a clear-cut delimitation to the urban conditions, while a transparent curved front adapts well to the natural airside environment.
Diverse functions in minimum spaces help contain construction and management costs. Pathways for departing and arriving passengers provide a double height lobby with large openings facing onto the runway overlooking Tevere’s green banks and the airplane and helicopter aprons. People stationing at the entrance hall level can also appreciate the panorama for the structural façade, supported by a concrete base, accommodates seating.
Lighting and finishes characterize the building as a true public space, functional and comfortable, able to revive the architectural practice and importance of rail stations and public buildings, for a long time neglected by the airport world.