Creating a Sense of Belonging and Ownership : Bhubaneshwar Airport

November 30, 2021, 10:59 am IST

The twin cities of Bhubneshwar and Puri are famous for its temples, and the new airport is envisioned to create a fusion of traditional and modern architecture, adopted from the symbolic Jagganath Rath and Konark wheel, in a spirit of movement. The corbelled roofing profile for the form of the building as well as the stone bands with motifs are replicated on the front facade, creating a distinct style in aviation architecture. 

The project is a compliment to a holistic development based on the local context, not just in terms of elevation but also volume and space. As the visitors enter the building, they should feel as if they have entered the temple itself. Architecture has the capacity to influence people’s behaviour and their feelings. Only when they will be able to relate with their surroundings, is when they will experience a sense of belonging and ownership towards it.

The drop off bay is flanked by huge columns which are designed reflecting the traditional motifs and sculptures while the wheels of the chariot are symbolic to ’Sun Dial’, both inspired from traditional temple architecture. Using the locally available soap stone for the sun dial and the timber for the band with motifs on the top not only retain its original character but also makes it cost-effective.

The laser cut jaali with bronze golden finish clearly sets a good example for fusing the contemporary materials with traditional design elements. Inspired by Pattachitra motifs and colors, the check in counter back drop constitutes of curved lines in the form of garlands and floral patterns. From the signages to the artwork on the ceiling, the building is attributed to Odisha’s large treasure of culture and heritage.

At Creative Group, we have always striven to introduce various active and passive design strategies while also employing innovative technology to make airports efficient.