Guadalajara International Airport Terminal 2 Competition Entry

Best Project of Public Building or Facility

About the project
The new terminal grows organically from the architectural, cultural, and ecological context of Guadalajara. The building is defined by an expansive diagrid roof covering the terminal, roadway, and jet bridges. This roof transitions to form a façade of columns and arches. In the process, a series of inhabitable spaces are created that accommodate the arrival and departure roadway on the land side and the jet bridges on the air side. The terminal exhibits a highly technological approach that uses contemporary materials while the parking garage appears rooted in an ancient tradition through patinated black stones. The contrast breaks down the vast scale of the airport by avoiding a homogenous experience. Throughout the building, similar moments of transition are marked by changes in formal or material language. Together, they help give each part of the building and journey identity that supports ease of navigation and forms the foundation of a memorable experience for the traveler.

Carr. Guadalajara — Chapala Km 17.5, 45659 Jal., Mexico

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Applicant and author of the project
Born in Mexico City in 1970, Francisco González Pulido graduated from Monterrey Tec in 1991 and Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1998. In 2000, González Pulido joined JAHN, was made partner in 2008, and named president of the company in 2012. He founded FGP Atelier in 2017. His designs encompass a wide range of buildings, from pavilions and boutique spaces to stadiums and airports, from speculative explorations to science facilities and skyscrapers across four continents.