Pulkovo International Airport
Northern Capital Gateway
St Petersburg, Russia
Images: © Grimshaw / Yuri Molodkovets / P+W
This new airport terminal at St Petersburg is a critical new gateway into Russia. The 162m by 270m building was built using various options for the concrete frame that allowed the contractor to work productively throughout the harsh Russian winters. The innovative steel roof structure evolved into a diagonal-spanning truss system that saved materials and produced a stunning architectural design that reflected the golden spires of St Petersburg. The unique structural arrangement and the use of bridge details also enabled the movement joints to be eliminated, despite the vast area and huge climatic ranges.
This complex project was a great success in all aspects. The judges saw how the PPP process in Russia can produce a very successful building in difficult climatic conditions. It was clear that the combined expertise of the international and Russian team had developed conventional ideas into innovative and repetitive sets of solutions for the concrete frame and steel roof, which enabled the wonderful terminal to be opened ahead of schedule.