The Christchurch Airport Regional Terminal building is the result of collaboration between Jasmax and Australian based architects BVN Donovan Hill. The client for the design was Air New Zealand, the major user of the terminal although the terminal actually merges with the main terminal building which is a multi-user facility.
The functional brief was to provide a hub for regional air travel throughout the South Island, whilst the aspirational brief was to design a space that creates a memorable New Zealand space, as this terminal is the staging point for many international visitors to the major destinations of the South Island.
The narrative chosen to reflect the local environment draws on abstract natural forms
related to the South Island. Hence the folded form of the ceiling finds its origins in the Southern Alps which are the backdrop for the airport; the large timber truss represents the old timber trussed bridges found throughout the South Island; and the organic forms of the cafe and the bespoke seating are found along the coastline as the forest meets the ocean with kelp swaying at the ocean edge.
The truss functionally provides a dedicated access pathway for goods that need to be taken from the ground level loading dock at the end of the building to the upper level of the domestic terminal retail area. The truss also provides high level north glazing to ensure direct sun - especially in winter- can penetrate deeply inside the regional terminal.
Pedestrian entry to the terminal is signified by the concrete arch and by the steel shroud doors located within the large concrete portal. Together with the concrete wall enclosing the service dock, these elements visually separate the regional terminal from the remainder of the airport, aiding visitor way finding whilst being related in form and materiality to it.
Overall the project has delivered on client requirements. It provides a welcoming gesture to visitors within a coherent and functional space. The NZIA judges called it “an excellent portal to and from the regional airports of New Zealand”
- 2014 NZIA National Awards - Commercial Architecture and Interior Architecture
- 2013 NZIA Canterbury Architecture Award - Commercial Architecture and Interior Architecture