As a response to the current political dilemma of whether to move the existing domestic terminal outside Reykjavík, the project tries to find a new meaning for its existence inside the city through circulation, traffic and movement. In the proposed master plan of Reykjavik, an under utilized runway is got rid of to give space for the extension of the city grid in the southeast direction. On the other hand, at the south end of the city, to emphasize the connection between Reykjavík and the neighboring municipal, a cardinal city grid is laid out as the extension of Kópavogur, to meet the extended city grid from the north.
The new terminal is chosen to be located at the intersection of two grid systems as the new transportation hub of Reykjavík that combines the airport terminal with the local bus terminal. The original highway will extend from the historical downtown Reykjavík to the terminal and also further to the bus terminal in Kópavogur across the ocean bay. The new terminal takes the challenge to organize and direct different circulation flows including buses, cars, pedestrians, baggage, using folding surfaces, to integrate the exterior landscape and the interior programs, when the traffic from the two axes all meets inside. To better separate traffic flows vehicles and human both programmatically and conceptually, the double skin façade system is introduced in the design of the terminal. While the outer skin cable structured curtain wall emphasizes the transparency and the boundaries of the terminal, the inner skin serves the function of acoustic and thermal separation. While the interior ramp surfaces direct people to the grand departure waiting room, it extends itself back to the landscape becoming a roof balcony, where people can gather and hang out, watching airplanes take off and land on Reykjavík.
Completed in the fall of 2012, this design for the Center of the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) headquarters was selected to be further developed and detailed in Revit. The goal was to reconcile the conceptual ambitions of the initial design with the realities of the structural, mechanical, and facade systems. As the building is based on a spatial matrix, the structure becomes inherently tied to the form. Despite the complex geometry, the basic module contains vertical members that allow most of the structure to be supported on columns, while the angled beams mostly carry only the load of the wall or glazing system. A further consequence of the unique geometry of the building is the need for a raised floor system to create horizontal surfaces. This provides a design opportunity to distribute the mechanical ducts under the floors, creating a pressurized plinth for air input and reducing the ceiling mechanical system to just lighting. In turn, these interior design solutions come to express themselves on the exterior façade. The detailed curtain wall system introduces a new geometry that unifies the vertical glazed surfaces while also concealing the raised floors through shadow boxes covered with the same reflective glass.