The "New Airport" of Zadar.

The new airport in Zadar is about to be renewed. It is actually a terminal. After the recent improvements to Dubrovnik and Split airports, Zadar airport will be the latest major development in Croatia. The airport will undergo a €70 million modernisation programme, which will include the reconstruction and modernisation of the passenger terminal. This week, the design of the new Zadar airport was presented to the public. The project, created by the architect Ante Kuzmanic and his team, was selected after a competition organised by the Zadar Architects Society. The new building at Zadar Airport includes arrival and departure terminals, administrative offices, shops, restaurants and bars for the 2.5 million passengers expected. The terminal will also have nine boarding gates, a baggage sorting facility, two baggage carousels and a seating capacity of 1,479.

THE FORTHCOMING DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW BUILDING.

“What inspired us the most was the pine forest through which we reach the airport and the landscape of Ravni Kotari. We felt that there should be no steps that would spoil this landscape. In this way, with the roof, we practically shot into nature with the detail of the pillars, and at the same time we maintained the connection with the glass to nature”, said Kuzmanic. The Director of Zadar Airport, Josip Klišmanic, said: “I am extremely happy, the winning design is such that it will allow us many years of development, and provides us with the modularity of the building as a single unit at any time and, after its complete construction, also gives the possibility of further expansion while maintaining the unique construction”. The design, which can be viewed at the Museum of Ancient Glass in Zadar along with the other bids, allows for a phased construction that will not interfere with the operation of the airport. This was one of the main conditions. The first phase is expected to start in 2020. The strength of the project is that it has a sort of “feeling of intimacy” because the giant waiting rooms almost look like lounges, there are bright pillars in which bamboos, trees and lavender grow, which also helps to give the impression that you are not in a barracks or any kind of container, but that you are in a lounge”, said architect Goran Rako, who was part of the jury for the competition to find the winning project. Petar Kozina, president of the Zadar Society of Architects and organiser of the competition added: “This is certainly one of the most difficult projects we have worked on, because when we look at the types of content we can design for the airport, in addition to the fact that we are becoming a Schengen border, there are so many conditions to fulfil, there are so many roads that cross, which is why teams of people have been working on this project”.