The new 75 000m² Integrated Terminal at Cape Town International Airport was constructed in the first place to accommodate 15 million passengers.
The construction programme coincided with the requirements for the World Cup.
Both International and Domestic Departures are consolidated into one check-in hall on the second floor accessed directly off an elevated drop and go road as well as via double banks of trolley-friendly escalators taking passengers up from the ground floor atrium into the check-in hall. Security processing of departing passengers is centralised with international passengers being screened and streamed via a new passport control installation to the existing International Departures holding lounge, while domestic departing passengers are screened and streamed separately to a New Domestic Departures holding lounge with new airside restaurants and shops. The ground floor atrium unites arriving passengers from the existing International Arrivals Terminal and the expanded existing Domestic Arrivals Terminal and gives access to the buildings arranged around the central plaza as an urban design concept linking to the MyCiti public transport system with the new centralised car rental facility, a new 4 000 bay parkade and the existing 2 000 car parkade and re-organised shade parking.
The architectural concept has been realised into a new landmark building for Cape Town with a strong image and identity, reminiscent of flying.
A large curved floating roof spans the entire check-in hall and is intersected at its lower end by a dramatic wing-shaped roof over the elevated drop-off road. This striking roof together with the dramatic support girder form the image and identity of the new Cape Town International airport and this feature is highly visible from the approach road and is further accentuated by the open plaza and two multi-storey parkades on both sides which frame the view. Key elements and finishes are integrated into the interior architecture to theme the Terminal, providing passengers with impressions and memories of the Cape landscape. The project commenced in June 2005, construction commenced in June 2006 and the central Terminal Building opened on 7 November 2009 and the International Arrivals Terminal link and the expanded Domestic Arrivals link opened on 22 April 2010.
(In Association with Blueprint Architects)