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    The new Riviera Airport.
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    The new Riviera Airport.
  • TAKE A PREVIEW ON 2020
    The new Riviera Airport.
  • TAKE A PREVIEW ON 2020
    The new Riviera Airport.
  • TAKE A PREVIEW ON 2020
    The new Riviera Airport.
  • TAKE A PREVIEW ON 2020
    The new Riviera Airport.

THE FUTURE
THE NEW RIVIERA AIRPORT

Due to good connections with the economic and tourist centres of the Italian and French Riviera, the airport offers significant potential for development. The Italian government in early 2016 privatised the airport. In collaboration with an architect team based in Milan, the new owner plans to completely modernise the airport and position it as an upmarket niche airport for general aviation.

The runway will be extended by approx. 200 m and equipped with a modern GPS. Contemporary hangars for jets and helicopters of all sizes will make the airport not only more attractive as an alternative travel destination on the Northern Med, but also, and more particularly, as a home port for jet owners and operators based in the region. Owners and operators of jets will find all service facilities on site and under single management: a technical hangar for inspection and maintenance, flight simulators, a hotel for crew and pilots, and new terminal buildings designed specifically for general aviation.

The architecture of the future airport will be carefully embedded in the existing cultural landscape and will be constructed in a sustainable and environmentally conscious manner. Respect for the existing geological spaces will avoid industrial landmark architecture, but accentuate vistas and openings into the natural environment. With 300 days of sun annually, the Mediterranean light will be incorporated both as a source of energy and a catalyst for design in the conception of architectural ideas. But the challenge is also to respond to the aesthetic fascination of modern flying machines. Italian architecture provides a treasure trove of 20th century architectural and design history, on which the redesign of the airport is intended to build.

Embodying the transition between earth and sky, from rest to motion, the open and transparent spaces of the new airport buildings will provide a pleasant transition from “land-side” to “air-side”. Moreover, the terminals will not just be a transit facility for hasty travellers, but serve as experiential spaces with exhibitions and installations of contemporary art. A deliberate and exclusive contrast to the cacophonous shopping malls of commercial aviation. Besides their functionality, the planned terminals are also places of quiet and reflection and should invite interested travellers to linger and enjoy the experience.

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