Sneak Peak in to the Future of the Malé International Airport
Maldives Promotion House – Recently the new designs for the Malé International Airport designed by ADPI Designers & Planners, were revealed. Nestled right next to the capital city Malé, the airport has always been a symbol of achievement and pride for this island nation. ADPI is one of the world’s leading architecture and engineering firms that designs and develops airport platforms as well as major infrastructures across the globe. ADPI provides comprehensive planning, architectural design, engineering services in addition to project management and on-site supervision services for airports and other large-scale public facilities.
The new design contemplates the elegance and beauty of Maldives while providing all the necessary facilities and crucial aspects for an international airport. It radiates the identity, sustainability, economic growth, efficiency, operational excellence, customer service, expandability, security and safety required by all international airports
Perfectly complimenting the natural landscape and culture, and guaranteed to deliver the full operational safety and security, the new airport will redecorate the horizon with a much broader line underlined by the separation of the sea and sky.
As the architects say, the new airport sails across the horizon “like a ship; it should be like a sail filled by the wind forces.” Even the roof itself mimics the perfectly chaotic scattering of the islands clustered into atolls as seen from above, like an archipelago. Designed with bamboo laths, underneath the roof is a near infinite geometry that reminisces of the traditionally used vegetal fibre, thus creating a powerful image of strength that communicates hope for the Maldivian future.
In order to offer sustainability like never before, the new Malé International Airport will bear LEED Silver Certification along with various approaches aiming to reduce its environmental impact. Features such as site integration, water management, energy management, material and indoor environmental quality are presented with powerful and durable design solutions. One such system is the SeaWater Air Conditioning (SWAC) system that will take advantage of available deep cold seawater to replace the conventional energy-intensive central refrigeration systems used for water cooling.
Within the complex design the airport is architecture to grant easy access to maintenance and efficiency. The apron’s Taxiways, Runways and Terminal Building are designed to increase the usage and optimum layout available on the site limits, thereby reducing the environmental impact. By the efficiency of the apron’s new layout, phasing and approach, Maldives Airport will reach its maximum capacity while optimising all the levels of services, without reaching the coral reef.
Note: The designs presented by ADPI did not succeed the bid. The bid to design the new Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, former Malé International Airport was succeeded by Integrated Design Associates Limited (IDAL).