Master plan Leipzig-Halle Airport, Germany
Renault Traffic Design Award 2002
Only with this approach, Leipzig-Halle Airport in its future overall design
stretching over motorway and high-speed rail track has the chance of
becoming a distinctive symbol which in addition to its functional necessity
may enable it to gain a cultural dimension.


Recommendation by the jury of the open competition, 1994



Initial situation:
When planning was started, the premises of Leipzig- Halle Airport were
located to the south of the A14 motorway, running from east to west. These
premises included a 2.5-km runway, a terminal building (A) from the pre-
reunification period and the old ATC tower building.

At that time, a new, additional runway with a length of 3.5 kilometres to the
north of the A14, a further terminal and a new ATC tower building were
already on the drawing board (and have been opened in the meantime). The
new ICE railway line (Dresden, Leipzig, Halle, Erfurt) with a stop at the
airport, will be located to the south and will run parallel with the motorway.

Basic design principle
Airport location on both sides of motorway and ICE railway line is not
regarded as a disadvantage but as an opportunity to connect all
transportation facilities by establishing a bridge-like central building that
stretches from north to south.

Functional contents:
Six-storey car park on the western side. Mall oriented towards the east,
with shopping facilities in the western section and linked with the multi-storey
car park by means of regularly arranged access areas, serving as a
connecting element to the central check-in building with a direct link to the
ICE railway station via the curbside level located between rail level and
bridge building.

Master plan

At an angle to the central building and parallel with the large transportation facilities,
a band structure in west-east alignment will be developed to accommodate the technical services of the airport.
This structure will be divided into parallel zones: administration and services,
technical facilities(e.g. cogeneration plant, electrical station, catering, etc.)
as well as apron-related facilities including baggage terminal and maintenance hangars.
The row of service buildings, which forms the border of the southern central area toward the north,
has been interrupted along a considerable length to underline the significanceof the central building.
The eastern part of the band structure comprises private airport-related utilisation including hotel
while the western part is used for theairport's technical services and airport administration facilities.