QINGDAO AIRPORT DESIGN BY RICARDO BOFILL
NEW AIRPORT FOR THE CITY OF QINGDAO, IN THE CHINESE PROVINCE OF SHANDONG DESIGN BY RICARDO BOFILL
Strategically located, the city of Shandong is part of a network of metropolis within the "Blue economic Zone". This economic program promotes trade relations between the northern countries Korea and Japan and Hong Kong.
In this regards, Qingdao has launched a public competition for the design and construction of a new airport. The scheme includes the design of the master plan and a new terminal, which should give a boost to civil aviation, both passenger and cargo flights.
The new airport located 40 km north of the city centre, on the west bank of Dagu river, will be part of the national transport infrastructure. The new terminal, to replace the existing one, will operate mainly domestic and cargo flights.
The design should allow phased development within a 18.3 km2 site, to process 38 million passengers/year in 2025 and 58 to 60 million passengers/year in 2045.
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Ricardo Bofill, born in 1939 in Barcelona, graduated from the Barcelona University School of Architecture and the School of Geneva. In 1963 he gathered a multidisciplinary, multitalented group in order to confront the complexity of architectural practice; architects, engineers, planners, sociologist, writers, movie makers and philosophers, conformed what is known today as the Taller de Arquitectura.
In Bofill’s work, History has been a constant presence, not only in the form of the continuing analysis and interpretation of the culture and architecture of the past, but also by means of the impetus given to new tendencies, to involvement in the social movements of the day and the creation of alternative responses to contemporary problems. The professional progress of the Taller de Arquitectura, marked by the stimulus and the conception of life, the vital vision of an inexhaustible Ricardo Bofill, has undergone a series of practical and theoretical changes closely linked to the political and social transformations of recent years. An analysis of the body of Bofill’s work as a whole reveals a tremendous degree of coherence and a continuity of thinking that are the product of a history and a language that are uniquely personal.
In his first period, Bofill recuperated the characteristic craft elements of traditional Catalan architecture. Later on, he began to deal with urban planning problems at a local level within the Spanish political and social context. Because of the necessity to approach major projects, Bofill’s team conceived a methodology based on the geometric formation of elements in space, developed in a theoretical manner with the project The City in Space, and made it concrete with the construction of Walden 7.
Interested in the urban planning problems of the developing countries, Bofill transported a part of his team to Algeria where he collaborated with the government in the urban planning and housing field. His work culminated two years later with the construction of Houari Boumédienne Agricultural Village in the south-eastern part of the country.
In 1971 he formed a complementary team in Paris, in response to the demands of various projects for the French “New Towns”. During this phase, Bofill introduced in his proposals symbolic elements directly related to the French monumental architecture. La Petite Cathédrale and La Maison d’Abraxas are examples of these inhabited monuments.
From 1979 on, the activities of Bofill’s Taller de Arquitectura took place mainly in France, with the simultaneous construction of four projects: Les Arcades du Lac and Le Viaduc in Versailles; Le Palais d’Abraxas, Le Théâtre and L’Arc in Marne-la-Vallée; Les Echelles du Baroque in the XIV district in Paris; as well as Antigone in Montpellier. His team settled in Paris and worked on the industrialized construction of social housing.
Bofill’s design studies for precast concrete units contributed in the 80’s, to the Taller’s affirmation of the validity of classical forms and geometry in contemporary architecture. In the 90’s, the inclusion of glass and steel amongst the materials used in his projects is simply the outcome of a process marked by the study of and research into forms and materials.
In 2000 Bofill regrouped his activity in Spain. From his headquarters, a former cement factory in the outskirts of Barcelona, Bofill’s Taller continues the spirit and philosophy that motivated his team in the early 60s to approach international projects from the large scale of urban design contributing to a new "integrated urbanism”, which include the schemes for Luxembourg’s Place de l’Europe, New Castellana in Madrid, Boston Central Artery; large infrastructures for public transport, as the recent Terminal 1 for Barcelona Airport; sports, cultural, and retail facilities in Europe and Asia; both social and Class A residential buildings, from Dakar to Stockholm, from Beijing to Paris; office buildings and headquarters of leading companies in the US, France, Spain…
Ricardo Bofill’s reputation worldwide relies on the fact that no other architect has continuously worked with success in so many countries. Many projects worldwide validate his capacity to design in harmony with different local cultures as the result of combining know-how and global experience.
RICARDO E. BOFILL MAGGIORA
Ricardo E. Bofill started at RBTA in 1992 as a model– maker summer–intern, was assistant at the Rice summer Institute at the Taller, was later assistant Commercial Officer, assistant Chief Architect, Chief Architect, was Head of RBTA China, Head of India, before becoming President of the Company in 2012.
Ricardo focuses on large–scale international urban projects, in which he resolves progressive housing, mobility issues, ecology, as well as master planning for mega-cities. He received his B.A in Architecture at Rice University, M. Archi at Harvard University, M.A in Real Estate Development at Columbia University and Dipl in Film Studies at UCLA. Ricardo has published 3 fictional novels (“Perséfone” in 1995, “Bajo mi Piel” in 1997 and “Yo no trago” en 2003) and directed the films “Hot Milk” in 2003
and “Nietzsche” in 2010.
Dallas Trinity and Downtown The Connected City. 2013, USA
Metropolis Village. 2013, Chennai, India
Great Moscow. 2012, Moscow, Russia
Novoorlovskiy. 2012, St. Petersburg, Russia
Signature III. 2011, New Delhi, India
Smolniy. 2011, St. Petersburg, Russia
W Hotel Barcelona. 2009, Barcelona Spain
Supeshine Residences. 2004, Beijing, China
Shangri- La Hotel and Residenes. 2004, Beijing, China
Casa Ananda. 2004, Miami, USA
National Theatre of Catalonia. 1997, Barcelona, Spain