Mumbai Airport Debuts New Terminal
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai opened its new Terminal 2 on Friday. The terminal adds 4.4 million square feet (408,773 square meters) of space to the airport, and can accommodate 40 million passengers a year.
The design of the four-story terminal was inspired by traditional Indian pavilions. A central processing podium on the top level overlooks three symmetrical concourses below.
All passengers enter through the check-in hall on the fourth floor. Colored segments of glass on the ceiling let in natural light in a multicolored display, paying homage to the peacock, the national bird of India and the symbol of the airport. After the check-in hall, there is a retail hub with floor-to-ceiling windows, custom chandeliers, traditional mirror mosaic work, and regional artwork and artifacts.
The new Terminal 2 uses strategically placed skylights that reduce energy usage by 23%. The walls also have perforated metal panels that filter the sun, and create ambient natural light.