The Terminal 1 extension at Dublin International Airport has opened its doors. Known as T1X, the project was designed by ADPI, a subsidiary of the Aéroports de Paris Group, Passenger Terminal today reported. It was the originality of the building design proposed by ADPI that caught the attention of the Irish authorities. ADPI conceived an unusual structure that extends the building’s three levels. The two upper levels of T1X, dedicated to passenger departures, are set on a metallic structure supported by pillars. This design frees up the space below the building and facilitates the movement of support vehicles on the tarmac.
This new building is built around a 2-level shopping area, including a mezzanine, bringing together cafés, restaurants, shops and rest areas. This shopping area is an extension of the existing Terminal 1 shops and has impressive views over the aircraft areas and runways. Arriving passengers pass through a new arrivals lounge at tarmac level, which leads direct to the baggage reclaim areas.
The facade design is the result of a functional and aesthetic approach. It is constructed in the same way as a curtain wall and covered by printing that evens out the variations of transparency and opacity. The blue-tinted glazing adds a colourful note in the midst of the other buildings. Seen from the outside, cloud shapes can be distinguished on the facade, a reference to both the Irish sky and air travel. Furthermore the building, which is supported by two pillars, gives the impression of floating above the technical areas.
In 2008, 21 million passengers used Dublin airport. It has benefited from an annual growth in passenger traffic of more than 10 percent over the past 10 years.