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Novy Urengoy Airport by Twelve Architects

Twelve Architects reveals plans for Siberian airport with tented roof

Pitched roof elements reference traditional reindeer herder tents in Twelve Architects' design for Novy Urengoy Airport, in Russia.

The London-based architecture practice has secured the contract to redevelop the airport near Novy Urengoy, in north-west Siberia.

Novy Urengoy Airport by Twelve Architects

According to the practice pointed roofs and vaulted interiors will echo the shape of the traditional tent, called a chum, used by the Uralic reindeer herders of the region.

"Like our other airport projects in Russia, the design of the building is heavily influenced by local conditions and culture, drawing inspiration from the huge variety found within the country," said Twelve Architects co-founder Matt Cartwright.

Novy Urengoy Airport by Twelve Architects

The tented elements will project from the facades of both the main terminal and a secondary building, which will hold baggage handling facilities. Inside, renders show panelled faceted ceilings supported by angled pillars.

Twelve Architects also designed a geometric facade for a new facility for The University of Sheffield's Faculty of Engineering in the UK, aptly named the Diamond Building.

Novy Urengoy Airport by Twelve Architects

Situated next to one of the world's largest gas fields, Novy Urengoy Airport airport will serve the regional oil and gas industry along with the city. The Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug region, where Novy Urengoy is located, is where 90 per cent of Russias natural gas is produced.

Airports of the Regions, which is a part of Russian private business conglomeration the Renova Group, agreed the plans to redevelop the site with the regional government.

"We are delighted that the investment agreement has been signed and we can move forward into delivering this project," added Cartwright.

Novy Urengoy Airport by Twelve Architects

Due to complete in 2021, the redevelopment is part of a larger ongoing project to regenerate Russia's airport infrastructure.

Twelve Architects have recently completed the Platov Airport in Rostov-on-Don ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, when games will be hosted in the city.

London-based firms are currently leading the field in commissions for international airports. Zaha Hadid Architects are designing Mumbai's international airport, and Haptic Architects are collaborating with Nordic to build an entire sustainable city to serve Oslo's recently expanded airport.