The Easthampton Airport Terminal Design Competi 09, Model - South Elevation and Entrance
- The Easthampton Airport Terminal Design Competi 09, Model - South Elevation and Entrance
- Project Title:
- The Easthampton Airport Terminal Design Competi 09
- John Clair Miller
- John Clair Miller
- Project Owner:
- Town of Easthampton, New York
- 1989|revised 1997
- East Hampton Airport (N.Y.)
- East Hampton, Suffolk, New York, United States (inhabited place)
- United States
- Work Type:
- plan (formal concept)
- Image View Type:
- Award – Finalist
Design a terminal for two commuter airlines, numerous private and charter aircrafts and their passengers [no security control required]. The program included a passenger waiting area, airline offices, a baggage handling area, a flight control tower, a flight planning room, an airport manager’s office, food/drink and convenience facilities, and a garage for two quick response vehicles.
The competition offered an opportunity to explore possible visual connections between literal form and functional requirements, and to establish a program of intentions using a framework of two references: airship and garden. The project offered an opportunity to relate the forms associated with airships, or parts of airships, with the very specific, limited and practical requirements of an airport terminal
as well as to extend the formal aspects to the immediate area surrounding the terminal. The terminal was set in a ‘garden,’ a structured environment whose forms would also be reminiscent of the airship. The building and its garden extensions create an expanded, though contained, visual entity of an awaiting airship, both from the ground and from the air. The referential elements of airship and garden [including its formal organizing devices] are intermixed and experienced from the ground sequentially, beginning with an ‘axial’ vehicular approach to a ‘framed/staged’ view of an awaiting airship, followed by parking and walking under a ‘wing/bosque’ of green on ‘axis’ with the entrance ‘column’ capped with an Osprey ‘sculpture,’ under a ‘model airship wing’ of steel struts and glass skin, through the ‘fuselage/garden wall,’ complete with ‘tail’ and a search light on the ‘belvedere,’ and onto an interior ‘promenade’ leading to the ‘cockpit.’ At opposite ends of the walk is a summer bar – ‘grotto’ and a ‘loggia’ overlooking a ‘tail/parterre.’ The design was later revised, with a ‘wing’ roof, for a faculty exhibition at the Johnson Art Museum in 1990.
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