Zurich airport has announced plans for what it says “will probably be the largest airport dock built largely of wood”.
The new Dock A will be constructed alongside the existing building, which has reached the end of its life cycle after over 35 years of operation.
The “Raumfachwerk” project will take ten years, with construction starting in 2030, and once completed the old Dock A will be dismantled.
The airport said that the new dock will “set new standards in terms of sustainable terminal buildings”, with architect Bjarke Ingels leading the project in cooperation with a number of other firms.
Aside from the passenger levels of the dock being built “largely from sustainable wood”, the building’s roof and dock base “will be used for photovoltaics, covering around two thirds of the dock’s annual electricity requirement”.
Zurich airport said that the new Dock A “will provide passengers with an enhanced experience, a better view of the apron, thanks to the large windows, and spacious waiting areas at the gates”.
The airport also stressed that “the short routes, currently appreciated by passengers at Zurich Airport, will be retained and will be significantly more attractive, thanks to the new spaces”.