Germany, Stuttgart 

Stuttgart Airport, Terminal 3

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Competition 1998 – 1st prize
Meinhard von Gerkan with Klaus Lenz
Klaus Staratzke and Jürgen Hillmer
Project team
Hito Ueda, Malte Wolf, Renata Dipper,
Birgit Föllmer, Uli Rösler, Karl-Heinz Behrendt, Ahmet Alkuru, Sigrid Müller,
La Jana Weinmann, Jens Reichert, Evgenia Werner, Maren Lucht,
Helma von Szada, Christian Kreusler, Jutta Kaufhold, Tom Stemmer
Structural engineers steel structure
schlaich bergermann und partner
Technical building equipment
Ing. Gesellschaft Höpfner
Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH
Construction period



Juergen Schmidt

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Stuttgart Airport, Terminal 1
Stuttgart Airport, Terminal 2

The new building complements Terminal 1, which was designed by gmp and completed in 1991. The characteristic design features of Terminal 1 – the treeshaped columns of the load-bearing structure and the dikeshaped building bar orientated towards the apron – were continued throughout the extension. The roof of Terminal 3 is however dissolved into single shed areas, in order to maintain the tree structure with an identical roof incline but a confined building height. A total of 18 steel trees support the stepped roof (12 trees in Terminal 1). A structural element projecting from the building bar provides the required building depth and an increased floor area on the apron side. Spatially it is connected to the succinct main bar building, but visually it is separated with glass roof lights.

The occupied floor area and circulation routes of the 40 check-in desks centrally located in two parallel rows in the departure hall were designed more generously than in Terminal 1. Four additional passenger bridges allow a comfortable entry into the aircrafts. On the street side, the arrival hall connects both terminals as a mall over a length of 260 m. The simple and obvious positioning of the access elements and voids allowing vertical visual links guarantee an immediate orientation in the new "Terminal of Clarity". Without any detours passengers can reach Terminal 3 with the suburban railway, a lift directly connects the platform to the arrival level of the terminal.