Airports for the 21st Century

November 1995

  • The exhibition stand at Interbuild, NEC Birmingham
  • The exhibition stand at Interbuild, NEC Birmingham
  • O'Hare International Terminal, Chicago by Perkins & Will Heard Associates
  • O'Hare International Terminal, Chicago by Perkins & Will Heard Associates
  • O'Hare International Terminal, Chicago by Perkins & Will Heard Associates
  • Model by Unit 22 for Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners
  • Interbuild exhibition stand by Apicella Associates
  • O'Hare International Terminal, Chicago by Perkins & Will Heard Associates
  • The exhibition stand at Interbuild, NEC Birmingham

Participating at the NEC's Interbuild 95 Exhibition, The Architecture Foundation arranged and organised a pioneering exhibition entitled Airports for the 21st Century, which featured some of the world's most radical designs for airports. The exhibition celebrated the cross-disciplinary achievements of architects, engineers and builders who had worked on a new generation of airports, melding the complexity of the building type with a simplicity of form and expression.

Using large-scale photographs, architectural drawings, models and computer visualisations, the exhibition explored the work of designers including Sir Norman Foster & Partners, (Stansted Airport, London; Chek Lap Kok Airport, Hong Kong); Michael Manser (Southampton Airport, Queens Suite, Heathrow, London); and Richard Rogers Partnership (Marseille Airport, France), whose unpublished designs for the Europier and Terminal 1 at Heathrow were also displayed. Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners' futuristic proposal for the Heathrow Terminal 5 competition, and Renzo Piano Building Workshop's Kansai International Airport (Japan) built on a man-made island, were also exhibited.

The exhibition stand was designed by Apicella Associates