Brussels Airport Connector

Brussels, Belgium, 2011

The design for the Brussels Airport Connector Building focuses on providing a highly efficient, flexible infrastructural element that connects to and negotiates the existing airport architecture. The connector is part of the future ambition of the Brussels Airport to create a European hub in Brussels. The design approach ensures cohesive functioning of the three buildings, with the Connector Building establishing a seamless connection between the two contrasting identities of the terminal and Pier A, whilst simultaneously creating its own new identity.
The Connector incorporates logistical efficiency in handling passenger flows, security and operational processes. Additionally, opportunities for commercial activity are maximized with the newly expanded, double-story commercial area of the Connector, creating a fully-integrated retail zone as the main programmatic spine. The post-screening area with fast duty-free shopping and a horizontal organization gradually morphs into a double-height central plaza housing the main cafe, from where the high-end boutique stores begin. Surrounding the central plaza is the elevated Cockpit – the highest occupiable point of the Connector with a light cafe boasting the best views of the bustling plaza and shopping area below, as well as the fleeting fields of airplanes outside.

 

Client

The Brussels Airport Company NV

Programme

Connector building between the Terminal and Pier A

Scale

Gross area 23.182m²

Phase

Competition entry
Wesley Lanckriet

Senior project leader

 

 

Design architect

UNStudio, Amsterdam

 

 

Advisors

 

Local Architect

M. & J-M. Jaspers-J. Eyers & Partners

 

Structural engineering

Ney-Partners

 

Structural and Technical Engineering

Technum-Tractebel

 

Visualisations

MIR and moka-studio