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Plaza as a point of difference, one providing airport users with an experience unlike that encountered at most other city airports
Studio Name: T.C.L
Design Team: Kate Cullity, Damian Schultz
Area: 20,000 sqm
Location: Adelaide, SA
Consultants: Woodhead International – Architecture
Waterforms International- Water Feature Engineering
Bluebottle – Event Planning & Specialist Lighting
Wallbridge & Gilbert – Consulting Engineers
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Detail. View from the elevators. The plaza’s oval concrete paving takes its cues from the wider South Australian landscape with the patterns being reminiscent of dryer graphic landscapes as experienced from the air. (Photographer: Ben Wrigley)
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The steel crenulated taxi screen is patterned with an abstracted sky extending a sense of spaciousness while affording protection. (Photographer: Ben Wrigley)
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Watercourse, TCL collaborated with Lighting Specialist Geoff Cobham from Bluebottle to enhance the night time experience. (Photographer: Lyndon Stacey)
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Watercourse takes its inspiration from the creeks that lace through this often parched environment and acts as a poignant reminder of the life-affirming presence of water. The arc form straddles the paving types and is in conversation with the pedestrian bridge above. (Photographer: Lyndon Stacey)
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Amorphic shaped polished stainless-steel seating glistens, their forms and materials inspired by the intermittent water bodies viewed from above while flying.
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Watercourse, Detail. The patterning and forms of the interior of the granite waterfeature are reminiscent of how water carves the sand and rock of creek beds as it pulses, gushes or meanders on a journey of least resistance.
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The interplay of light, sound and water subtly activate and enliven the forecourt plaza space to the Adelaide International Airport, acting as a soothing, welcoming space for airport users.
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Landscaping forms a major part of the project, with plantings of indigenous and Australian natives used purposefully throughout all the new civil work areas, providing biological diversity. WSUD has been incorporated with planted swales cleansing water runoff and large areas of planting ameliorating the extremes of climactic conditions throughout the seasons. TCL worked closely with AAL ensuring the plantings maximized green infrastructure while not detrimentally affecting airport safety, selecting vegetation that did not allow particular species of birds or large numbers of birds to colonise the area.
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Views of light and shade seen across the treed plaza space from the airport entry bridge.
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The Plaza and integrated water feature is designed functionally keeping in line with the requirements of an International Airport Terminal.