Turkish architecture studio Autoban just unveiled a set of futuristic wooden cocoons for Azerbaijan's Baku Airport. The new design international terminal features sculptural organic shapes and living trees that lend a cozy, natural feel to the the expansive space.
Autoban‘s design for the Heydar Aliyev International Airport spans the four levels of the triangular terminal building, which was designed by engineering firm Arup. Concave glass walls gently wrap the entire structure, and the building’s interior relates beautifully to the overall organic design. The architects’ “main idea was to make it different from other airports“, they recently told Dezeen.
Passengers enter the full-height check-in area by passing through a surprising series of glass bubbles. Wooden cocoons on the top level house cafes, bars, shopping kiosks and other amenities. Living trees and comfortable furniture lend human scale to the large space. Each nest-like pod is clad in diamond-shaped solid Ayous wood shingles covered with oak veneer.
Photos by Kerem Sanliman