September 27, 2019
Our London studio has created a design concept for a potential new international airport outside of Warsaw, Poland. The intermodal project will include air, rail and road transportation and emphasizes a flexible, modular layout that will allow it to adapt to new technologies. Dubbed “Centralny Port Komunikacyjny,” or, “Solidarity Transport Hub,” the country’s landscape inspired Woods Bagot’s design and distinctive seasons.
“We wanted the design to be unique, to stimulate the senses but, at the same time, to be practical and facilitate the ease of traveling,” Cliff Bollmann, Woods Bagot’s Regional Transportation Leader, North America, said. “Solidarity Transport Hub may become a place where you want to return. We travel more and more for business and pleasure and flying has become a lifestyle. The airport of the future should, therefore, be a temporary escape from stress and everyday problems. It should not only be a place to wait for a plane but also a relaxation zone,” Bollmann said.
Touching on the design expertise harnessed from past transportation projects—such as the recently-opened Harvey Milk Terminal 1 at San Francisco International Airport—the concept emphasizes the natural environment. Hollowed, timber cones hang from the ceiling creating an effect that is reminiscent of cut tree trunks in Polish forests. Its glass walls allow for views to the surrounding exterior landscaped pier.
While positioning the intermodal hub as a major transfer destination for the region, passenger experience was also a leading priority for the design team. Polish hospitality was emphasized so that travelers explore the airport and look forward to coming back. Utilizing passenger data analytics, Woods Bagot’s design team observed how travelers will move around the terminal and what solutions they should implement to provide organic wayfinding.
“The opportunity to design from scratch, like a greenfield site – a completely new airport which could become a key transfer point in Central and Eastern Europe – is a huge challenge but also a great opportunity. A railway system that will allow passengers to reach the airport quickly is of key importance. Solidarity Transport Hub has all the features of an airport of the future,” Jonathan Leah, Principal in the London studio, said.
When it opens in 2027, roughly 45 million passengers are expected to pass through Solidarity Transport Hub each year.