Recently inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Terminal 2 of Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru has made a rave online because of its glitzy appeal and one-of-a-kind architecture and design. Dubbed “ Terminal in a garden,” the sustainable facility has been constructed using bamboo and can cater to 2.5 crore passengers per year. Know all about this newly built terminal on SURFACES REPORTER (SR):
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An Architectural Wonder
Conceptualised and designed by American architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, with the construction work carried out by L&T, the newly built Terminal 2 (T2) of the Kempegowda International Airport is an architectural marvel. Spread over an area of 2,55,000 sq. m, the facility has 22 entry and exit gates and nine baggage claim belts for screening.
The gate lounge will have a seating capacity of 5,932 passengers. There will be 15 tarmac bus gates and 17 security check lanes. Phase 1 of Terminal 2 can handle around 25 million flyers a year. Once phase 2 is ready, it can serve more than 65 million passengers annually. The estimated construction cost of the Terminal 2 is around Rs 5000 Crore.
Mix of Art, Décor And Culture
Terminal 2 contains enticing art and decor elements to feast the eyes, including 60 artworks curated on the themes of Bharata Natayshastra’s naurasa, or nine emotions and Karnataka’s rich heritage and culture. “The terminal is a blend of traditional and modern themes that reflect the cultures of Karnataka,” said Hari Marar, chief executive and managing director of Bangalore International Airport Limited.
The building features Krishnaraj Chonat’s copper sculpture suspended at the boarding piers, while Anupama Hosker’s wood puppets are suspended from the ceiling near the boarding gates. It also features M A Rauf’s Bidri wall art and the suspended leather puppets by Foley Design and Gunduraju. All these artworks echo the rich heritage and culture of the city.
Adhering To Sustainable Principles
Sustainability lies at the core of this terminal, which is designed using fire-resistant and long-lasting engineered bamboos. The lush greenery naturally filters the air.
The structure comprises photovoltaic cells that save around 24.9% of energy. It also has six huge rainwater-fed ponds that can collect 413 million liters of water to fulfill the airport’s requirements. It also has multifunctional lagoons where pollutants are cleaned naturally.
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Terminal in the Garden
Constructed mainly using bamboo, the structure has greenery inside and outside and hence it is named “Terminal in the garden.” It is surrounded by more than 3,600 plant species,180 rare and endangered species, 7700 transplanted trees, 620 endemic plants, 97 lotus species and much more. Further, the top-bottom irrigation model is used to water the plants.
In this process, the plants that require more water are planted at the bottom, while the plants consuming less water are planted on the top.
Use of Advanced Technology
The terminal is also well-equipped right from the entry to the point where passengers board aircraft, with self-baggage drop counters, automated biometric gates, full body scanners and an automatic tray retrieval system adding to people’s convenience and efficiency.
Further, it supports Digi Yatra, through which the passenger’s face will work as a single biometric token. This will help in fast screening and checking.
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