Salt Lake City International Airport

Building Architecture- Large Scale (>10,000 sf)

Project Narrative

The main goal of this terminal design was to focus on the experience of the passengers. The design allows for the passengers to be guided through the space and have the most convenient and efficient experience possible. The design is symmetrical and linear to allow for there to be consistency, less confusion, and a continuation of circulation.

The front terminal includes an entry on the first and second floors. People are guided to the self serving kiosk stations to check in. These stations collect baggage and send it into the floor to the service area. Then, people are guided to the walk through security scan, which allows for a continuation flow of people. After security, people are guided to commercial, gate, and circulation areas. A landside and an airside hotel allow the convenience of amenities on either side of security. The landside hotel overlooks the entry, check-in, and security. The airside hotel includes indoor and outdoor amenities that overlook the gate, commercial spaces, and the tarmac. The international gates branch out from this main area and the main circulation is centralized to allow for efficiency and convenience. An efficient underground walkway takes people to the Y Concourse.

The Y Concourse includes international and domestic gates. The layout is designed in reference to the inside of an airplane with circulation, stores, restaurants, fast food, and restrooms all conveniently in the center and gate seating on the sides. This gives all gates close access to necessities. Circulation stays consistent with the rest of the design by being in the middle with a double train on the top of the commercial area.


Project Details

Submission Category

Building Architecture- Large Scale (>10,000 sf)

Date of Completion

January, 2021

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