HEKKTA’s Property Portal – Airports

Hitting the headlines this week is the architecture and design of airports. We often spend hours impatiently waiting in these vast terminals, but perhaps with huge firms such as Foster + Partners being contracted to build new terminals, these waits could be a little less painful…

Marseille Provence Airport is set to get the ‘missing piece’ to it’s puzzle in a new extension designed by Foster + Partners. It will link the 1990s extension designed by Richard Rogers with the original 1960s building. They have designed a large glazed hall, stylistically similar to their designs in Apple stores, featuring 22-metre-tall windows in an exoskeleton of stainless steel beams. This new hall will expand the airport’s capacity to 12 million passengers a year.

Marseille Airport - Foster + Partners - Airports

Marseille Airport – Foster + Partners – Airports

Due to rapidly increasing number of passengers Georgia’s Kutaisi International Airport terminal is set to get a ‘user-friendly’ extension by UNStudio, just four years after Ben van Berkel’s firm completed the terminal building in 2013. Numbers went over 300,000 in 2016 and are predicted to hit 1,000,000 by 2020, so the extension is certainly needed!

Kutaisi International Airport - HEKKTA - Airports

Kutaisi International Airport – HEKKTA – Airports

Boston-based Elkus Manfredi Architects and Sasaki Associates have unveiled a plan for a brand new smart city on the site of an old US airfield. Union Point, 12 miles south of Boston, follows a host of recently unveiled plans for smart cities in the US and Canada, including Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs plans for the Toronto waterfront and tech billionaire Bill Gates’ investment in a huge patch of land in Arizona – both with intentions for futuristic urban areas.

House prices are still rising slowly, despite the budget focus on housing and the property market.

The UK is set to get another super tall skyscraper at 228 metres high…in Croydon! The CZWG designed skyscraper was given planning permission in 2017 and is part of the £5.25 billion regeneration programme for the area.

One Lansdowne Road - Croydon - HEKKTA - Airports

One Lansdowne Road – Croydon – HEKKTA – Airports

A new study has shown that house-hunters take just 8 minutes to decide whether to buy a property or not.

Oslo and New York City-based creative agency Framlab have proposed an idea to house New York’s homeless by covering the city’s empty walls with honeycomb-like clusters of pods.

Watch a time lapse of the building of the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Work has been completed on Renzo Piano’s Tribunal de Paris, a tiered skyscraper which will bring the various activities of the French capital’s judiciary system together, which had previously been scattered about the city. It will become the largest law complex in Europe.

Tribunal de Paris - Renzo Piano - HEKKTA - Airports

Tribunal de Paris – Renzo Piano – HEKKTA – Airports

A very intriguing house in Kent has won this year’s UK House of the Year. Click here to take a look at the building.

Nationwide Building Society is to directly build about 200 “fair price” homes for sale and rent for the first time with a scheme in Swindon.

The value of UK’s housing stock soars past £6 trillion.

Architecture firm Snøhetta has designed a residential skyscraper for Manhattan’s Upper West Side, which will feature an angular terrace cut into its side. HEKKTA are big fans – the design gives a nod to the post-modern NY style and with a more polished look.

Snohetta NY Skyscraper - HEKKTA - Airports

Snohetta NY Skyscraper – HEKKTA – Airports