Cartagena Airport in AIA NY News
23 Aug 2017
"Brooklyn-based CAZA Architects’ plan for a new airport in Cartagena de Indias, a port city on Col0mbia’s Caribbean coast, is currently in the feasibility stage. The airport’s arrival/departure gateways reinterpret the arches of the city’s five-mile wall. The wall was built by the Spaniards in the 16th Century and encloses colonial-era treasures that together were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The airport invites the surrounding landscape into the interior of the building through a series of gardens featuring local vegetation, which in turn, connect to a system of bio-swales that help reduce the overall site temperature and mitigate flood risk. Courtyards add a touch of nature to the airport while acting as anchors of commercial activity, making for an environment to shop, dine and relax. Cartagena’s current airport has a lease that expires in 2025; construction on the project is expected to begin in 2020. The project is a private initiative being spearheaded by a group of local developers. Following the feasibility study, the project will move into the approval process, whereby several government agencies will review it in time for its endorsement next year."