WAN Award Success for Geneva Airport, Aile Est

20 November 2023

During a live online World Architecture News (WAN) Awards ceremony this week, Geneva Airport, Aile Est was announced the Gold Award    winner in the Transport category

Now in their 16th year, the WAN Awards offer a platform for recognising outstanding architectural projects and design excellence on a global scale across various categories.

“A refreshing relief from the usual routine grey airport extensions. This vibrant and colourful building offers hope for airports in future.” Robert Fry, WAN judge.

“As the RSHP Project Architect, I am absolutely delighted to receive the news that Aile Est/ East Wing has received this prestigious award. The design and construction of the jetty took place over a ten-year period, and it is only right we acknowledge the huge contribution of our joint venture partners, the wider consultant team, our client, Geneva airport.

Thank you to Graham Stirk for his stewardship of the design. And finally, thank you to the jury for awarding us this award and in so doing acknowledging the importance of low-energy technology and excellent passenger experience central to this jetty.” Douglas Paul, Associate Partner, RSHP

Aile Est is a 520m-long, 30,750m², high energy-efficiency building organized on two levels, serving six existing aircraft stands. A single linear horizontal volume as seen from the airside is a key aspect of Aile Est’s distinctive form. Internally, colour accompanies the movement and orientation of passengers marking each module throughout the length of the building.

The project is a model building epitomising sustainable development and energy efficiency; demonstrating how passive design, on-site renewables, efficient active systems, responsible water consumption, wellbeing and Whole Life Carbon can come together to deliver a blueprint for sustainable airport design.