KATHMANDU

 

Tribhuvan International Airport Extension

Kathmandu [Nepal]

Thanks to its subtropical location and its high peaks, Nepal is one of the World’s richest countries when it comes to biodiversity. The site of the landside is one of the last shelters of this inestimable natural heritage in the sector of the highly urbanized capital.
One of the main goals of the project is the preservation of the existing jungle and its integration to the landscape of the airport. A connection is made between the landside and the sacred forest of Pashupati Temple, the biggest Hindu religious complex in the country. An observatory terrace at the canopy level allows the contemplation of the jungle and a botanical path explores all the richness of the site.

One of the keys of the functioning of the airport is the pedestrian axes between the international and the domestic terminal building. Thousands of passengers will take this path on their way towards the highest peaks of the World. The project recalls the ascension along these axes by the illustration of the altitudinal zonation of the flora. This phenomenon was first described in the 19th century by Alexander von Humboldt and it illustrates perfectly the incredible biodiversity
of Nepal. The steep slopes of the Himalayas represented the main study zones of Humboldt, since here the vegetation succeeds from tropical rainforests until alpine meadows.

Client : Aéroport International / Banque Asiatique de Développement
Directeur de projet : Andras Jambor
Team : Architecte Mandataire : ADPi / GEOCE / PT Osana / ATDMPL
Surface : 52 ha
Year : en cours
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