Pulkovo airport in St Petersburg, designed by international practice Grimshaw Architects, is nearing completion of Phase 1.
Transferring 12 million travelers, the first phase of the project will be complete in 2013, while the second phase is planned for completion by 2015, accommodating 17 million people.
The concept of the project was created to fit the layout of the city with separate bays connected by bridges, connecting buildings across the river, with open views down to the lower arrival floor.
Rhythmic bays are created through regularly spaced columns with branching steel trusses, effectively transferring snow load.
Different aspects of the airport reflect the nature of St Petersburg, including reflective golden ceilings like cathedral domes as well as geometries throughout the space that echo Russian design.