Spanish Architect Luis Vidal Discusses Airport Design, Current Project Heathrow Terminal 2 in Recent Visit to New York City

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Architect Luis Vidal presented "Scale, Energy and Travel Architecture; recent work of Luis Vidal + Architects" at the Center for Architecture in New York City on February 21. One of the most qualified practices in the transport sector, Luis Vidal + Architects specializes in airport design and their current project, the design of Terminal 2 at London's Heathrow Airport, will place Heathrow as a benchmark airport in terms of environmental commitment.

Heathrow Terminal 2

As concept and lead architect for Heathrow's Terminal 2 (T2a), Luis Vidal + Architects firm has developed a 21st Century airport which is more human and environmentally responsible

Organized by the AIA of New York’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the presentation included a reflection about energy needs and world population leading into a discussion of Vidal’s airport terminal work, including the current Terminal 2 project at London’s Heathrow Airport, as case studies on his design philosophy.

As concept and lead architect for Heathrow’s Terminal 2 (T2a), Luis Vidal + Architects firm has developed a 21st Century airport which is more human and environmentally responsible, drawing from their expertise and experience in the design of other terminals and hubs including Terminal 4 of Madrid’s Barajas airport as well as the Zaragoza Airport, also in Spain. Compared to other hubs of similar type and scale, T2a reduces CO2 emissions by 40% through the application of active and passive energy systems. The roof waves lean one over the other, housing skylights in their intersections toward the north in order to allow important flow of natural daylight, while reducing solar gain and contributing to saving energy. The new terminal is slated to open in 2014.

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About Luis Vidal: Luis Vidal studied architecture at Greenwich University, London (UK), where he graduated with honors in 1994, and then was elected as a full member of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1995. He specializes, amongst other building types, in airport design. Vidal was the Project Director of the new terminal for Madrid Barajas Airport-T4 and Co-author of the new Warsaw International Airport. He then founded Madrid-based Luis Vidal + Architects in 2004, which is now the largest architecture firm in Spain. A year after founding Luis Vidal + Architects, his design for the new Zaragoza Airport was shortlisted as finalist of the Mies Van der Rohe 2009 Awards. Vidal is the lead architect for the new Terminal 2 at London Heathrow Airport, scheduled to open in 2014. He is the co-designer for Abengoa’s HQ offices in Seville, Spain, the first building to receive LEED Platinum certification in Europe. Based on experience in the field of airport architecture, Vidal authored the concept titled “Airport Hospitals”, which applies his responsible designs to hospital architecture that prioritizes the user in order to reduce patient’s anxiety and promote faster recovery.

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