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East Kimberley Regional Airport I Sandover Pinder Architects REGIONAL
ncreasing traffic to the Kimberley region
necessitated a comprehensive extension
and upgrade of the East Kimberley Regional
Airport’s terminal building, to provide
a more efficient, comfortable, and welcoming
arrival for visitors.
The brief outlined a desire for larger,
brighter, outward-looking waiting and departures
spaces, and a new internal baggage-reclaim
hall, including a baggage carousel. To increase
efficiency and reduce processing time for multiple
flights,the checked-bag screening area also
required an upgrade.
The massing of the building extensions was
driven by the volumetric requirements of the
interior spaces and the scale of the existing check-
in hall, which was to remain. Viewed from the
land side, the new volumes of the baggage and
departure halls balance the scale of the check-in
hall at the opposite end of the terminal, while
from the airfield, the departure hall projects
dramatically higher. A dynamic arrivals canopy
draws focus to the centre of the building for
External finishes to the building extensions
comprised Colorbond corrugated cladding
and aluminium cassette cladding, balancing
a Kimberley vernacular building material
against more contemporary commercial material.
Large walls of glazing were employed in the
check-in, arrivals, departures, and baggage halls
ARCHITECT | Sandover Pinder Architects
BUILDING STRUCTURE AND SERVICES
ENGINEERING | AECOM
CONSTRUCTION | Pindan Contracting
BRIEF | A comprehensive extension and upgrade
of the terminal building to provide a more efficient,
comfortable, and welcoming arrival for visitors.
BUILD TIME | Approximately 1 year.
FEATURES | Larger, brighter, outward-looking waiting
and departures spaces, and a new internal baggage
reclaim hall including a baggage carousel.
LOCATION | Kununurra
to provide generous light and views to waiting
passengers and visitors.
The building was wrapped in custom-made,
undulating aluminium screens to give shade and
help visually unify the new and retained sections
of the terminal.
Internally, an acoustic metal strip ceiling was
employed unconventionally as a rolling, sculptural
form over the main halls. Both the screens and
the ceiling reference the forms of the rugged
Kimberley landscape visible across the airfield.
Photography Andrew Pritchard
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