Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Parametric Column
(by Dhruvin Kataria)

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Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at Mumbai is one of the busiest airports in India. For years it had languished with limited and obsolete facilities. Then in the year 2006, an internationally acclaimed firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) was commissioned to redesign the airport on the same site. Construction of the new airport completed in 2014, and international operations from the new Terminal -T2 commenced on 12 February, 2014.

The design of the motif for the moulded coffered panels has been derived from teardrop-shaped eye of the peacock which is India’s national bird. At the centre of each of the coffered panels is a round aperture for natural and electric light to pass. In each aperture is a laminated lens that produces two colours, depending on the angle at which light strikes it. About the effect of these lights on the ambiance, the designers have very rightly said, “When the light is right, the whole airport looks like a Rajasthan palace filled with coloured glass.”

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