A challenging space – transformed through design.
Up until 2010, Terminal 2 was two different terminals, 2A and 2B operated totally independently with their own check in, security departure gates and baggage reclaim. They were in located close to each other with landside and airside connections. The vision was to demolish the non-passenger based facilities located between the two parts of the terminal and channel passengers through this area before using the existing gates to depart from. The local architect had developed a commercial plan before The Design Solution was appointed and what you see today is the result of our vision. Our involvement went on to the opening date through producing the Tenants Design Handbook and all of the concessionaire approvals. Subsequently there was a role to consult on the development of other areas of the terminal.
Budapest’s challenging layout, with two terminals operating independently, was a clear impediment to maximising the airport’s non aeronautical revenue. In response, we designed a connecting building between the two terminals to provide a new central security area with a consolidated commercial offer.
From security, passengers pass through an attractive walk-through duty free shop and enter the dramatic double height departure lounge, flooded with natural light. This dynamic space is complemented by the surrounding retail and the clear views of the apron from the central seating area.