THE PROPOSED DESIGN FOR THE NEW ABU DHABI INTERMODAL TRANSIT CENTRE WAS CONCEIVED FROM ITS FUNCTION AS A TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE BETWEEN THE NEW MIDFIELD TERMINAL, VARIOUS RAIL LINKS AND CONNECTION TO THE FUTURE &LDQUO;AIRPORT CITY&RDQUO; DEVELOPMENT.
The transit centre’s inherent dynamic is one of transition - a funnel between two poles. The design proposal celebrates this function as a funnel and turns it into its primary spatial expression, fusing the transfer hall and the passage to the new Midfield Terminal into one spatial continuum. The notion of compression and expansion is used to differentiate zones and create spatial drama. It constitutes the overarching principle that unifies the design, sponsors its identity and makes it recognisable. The resulting spatial configuration is one of “no excess” - a streamlined and purist sculptural manifestation of its purpose.
The primary design objective for this proposal is to create a superior passenger experience, a hassle free environment that enables intuitive way-finding and a smooth journey that is supported by an equally efficient, simple and logical terminal operation.