The concepts are by architects Grimshaw, Zaha Hadid, HOK and Benoy. The final concept designer will be selected in July.
Heathrow challenged the architects to push the boundary of what an airport could and should be. They were asked to come up with bold ideas “to create a world-class sustainable airport that would deliver innovations in passenger service, integrate local communities and showcase the best of British design”.
Heathrow’s head of design Barry Weekes said: “The visionary concepts are just the start of a dialogue which will fundamentally redefine what an airport is, how it looks and feels, how it interacts with its environment and an increasingly demanding generation of new passengers and importantly enhancing how it connects with the communities around it. Our ambition for expansion is to transform Heathrow once again – building Britain a value for money global gateway at the forefront of sustainable development and innovative design.”
The designs, by Grimshaw: