Venice Marco Polo International Airport (VCE) Expansion: Lot 1

Venice Marco Polo International Airport (VCE) Expansion: Lot 1

Passenger terminal refurbishment and extension

As well as leading the Venice Airport Masterplan, One Works was commissioned to design the new passenger terminal refurbishment and extension to facilitate growth in the airport's level of service.

The VCE Passenger Terminal represents a prestigious city gateway, with innovative materials and a premium retail offer. The new design will provide the Airport with an extended capacity of 15 million passengers a year while responding to the Lagoon’s very fragile ecosystem and Venice’s historical center. The project proposal fills the gap, between building implementations on the landside areas and the airside area enlargement, with the construction of two new wings on both sides of the front terminal for a total 100.000 m2.

Key Facts

Client: SAVE
With: SAVE Engineering
Location: Venice, Italy
Year: 2013 - 2017
Floor Area: 100.000 sqm
Passengers per year: 10.3 M
Awards: Architizer A+Awards 2018 (Shortlisted in Transportation Infrastructure) | THE PLAN AWARDS 2016 (Winner in Transport Future Project) | WAN Awards 2017 (Shortlisted in Transport Category)
Services: Architectural Design, Airside Capacity Assessment and Layout, Interior Design, MEP, Structural Engineering
Venice Marco Polo International Airport (VCE) Expansion: Lot 1

The first phase of the extension: 2013-2017

The new structure is destined to receive the departing and arriving passengers on various floors thus restoring pedestrian traffic circulation to an acceptable level of service. A complex roof reinterprets the renaissance docks hosting the Venetian fleets while a ribbon glass façade offers a last view of the city’s skyline.

A new glass roof at the passenger terminal entrance recalls the Venetian glass blowing tradition and its complex geometry will help travelers orientate themselves in the receiving hall. Combined with a reflecting water pool on the ground floor natural light floods in to all the surrounding spaces.

Venice Marco Polo International Airport (VCE) Expansion: Lot 1

Next Phases of expansion

One Works is now working on the second phase of expansion, which is due to complete in 2025 and comprises the construction of a new north wing. The final phase is due to complete in 2027 and foresees an extension to the South. The final configuration of the terminal will see the two new wings symmetrical to the original body of the airport and will efficiently manage traffic of over 15 million annual passengers.

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