German transportation firm Fraport has unveiled its plans for the modernization and redevelopment of Mykonos Airport, Greece, combining modern architecture with the traditional style of the Cyclades.
Developments include expanding the northern side of the existing terminal by 2,000m² (21,500ft²) to accommodate the new arrivals area; expanding the existing building by another 500m² (5,400ft²) to create more gates; the complete refurbishment of the existing sanitary facilities; creation of two new VIP lounges; installation of a new automated luggage-handling system; redesign of the entire curbside area; and the addition of several new retail and food and beverage (F&B) areas.
The architectural teams at K-Studio and Betaplan were tasked with designing a façade that made special reference to the morphological principles of Mykonian architecture but at the same time met the requirements of a modern-day airport terminal. Inspired by the Aegean pigeon houses, traditional samples of popular Aegean architecture, the design approach combines the traditions of Mykonos with its modern culture.
Alexander Zinell, CEO of Fraport Greece, said, “We are particularly proud of the architectural design which combines the vision of the company with the unique features of the Myconian lifestyle. This new architectural approach is the result of a continuous dialog with the local community.
“Opening in 2021, the new Mykonos Airport will be a prominent symbol of Cycladic architecture. To date we have implemented a series of upgrades on an operational level, while construction is ongoing during the high-season.
“With a total investment of €25m (US$28m), Mykonos Airport will become one of the most modern airports in Greece – a worthy gateway to this outstanding island.”