Pulkovo International Airport, New TerminalRamboll

Pascall+Watson collaborated with Grimshaw Architects as part of an international team to design the new terminal and pier for Pulkovo Airport. The airport is a landmark building for St Petersburg, gateway to the former capital of Imperial Russia, modern Russia’s second city and unofficial cultural capital.

St Petersburg lies only 7-degrees south of the Arctic Circle, so the design for the new terminal roof and envelope had to cope with the worst extremes of the Russian weather. The striking roof is created from a series of 18m bays that effectively act as large hoppers for snow, supported by expressive structural ‘trees’. The virtual forest of ‘trees’ is the airport’s identifying feature, adding rhythm, form, texture and pattern to both the external and internal spaces.

The internal space responds to the heritage of St Petersburg. Its interconnecting zones, grand thoroughfares and squares reflecting the segmented layout of the city itself, which has no distinct centre, but is instead made up of islands, bridges, wide avenues and grand squares.

Value: €600m

IStructE Structural Award

Pulkovo International Airport - Winner
November 2014