A Great Place for Passengers to Spend Time
Terminal 3 at a Glance

“These days airports have become a destination in their own right. In fact, they typically receive more visitors than many city centers. This makes it even more important for airports to also perform some of the same functions as cities. We’re making this happen in Terminal 3.” – Christoph Mäckler, the architect who designed Terminal 3

Modern with a Feel-Good Ambiance

In 2005, architect Christoph Mäckler convinced the jury with this mission statement and won the contest to implement Terminal 3. In architectural terms, Mäckler’s design converts piers, gates, and lounges into equivalents of a city’s streets and squares. The idea isn’t just to create a place that people pass through on their way from A to B, but a city in its own right. A place where people can work, shop, eat, relax – and, of course, leave on trips. The light-flooded spaces in warm natural colors are intended to evoke a pleasant ambiance that encourages passengers to relax and stay a while. “This clearly sets Frankfurt Airport apart from other international airports,” says Mäckler. “It’s going to be the world’s first terminal in which people can actually feel good.”

Up to a hundred check-in and luggage drop-off counters let passengers start their trips smoothly. Source: Fraport AG / © Christoph Mäckler Architekten

The futuristically designed marketplace covering around 6,000 square meters boasts a wide range of attractive shopping and dining opportunities. Source: www.moka-studio.com 141_FR_130708_Visualisierung Restaurant

Lean back and enjoy a magnificent view of the apron and a fascinating mix of people in the terminal while satisfying your hunger or thirst in in one of many locales serving a wide variety of food and beverages. Source: Fraport AG / © Christoph Mäckler Architekten

All passenger areas are fully accessible, also by electric service vehicles. Moving walkways get you quickly and conveniently to your gate, with or without a baggage cart. Source: Fraport AG / © Christoph Mäckler Architekten

The new terminal will have up to 15 baggage carousels so passengers won’t have to wait long for their luggage to appear. Source: Fraport AG / © Christoph Mäckler Architekten

Featuring numerous restaurants, bistros, shops, and an information counter, the arrivals hall on the ground level is an ideal place to begin your onward journey. Source: Fraport AG / © Christoph Mäckler Architekten

Shopping, Dining, and Enjoyment

The new terminal isn’t only designed to make passengers feel good. The aim is also to provide a pleasant ambiance for employees to work in. Artificial lighting is therefore kept to a minimum. There is plenty of glass to admit natural daylight into the expansive halls and spaces. Pipes and conduits are optimally integrated into the architecture without becoming eyesores or diminishing the sense of spaciousness. The aim is naturally also for visitors and shopping fans to be wowed by the new terminal. The marketplace at the core of Terminal 3 will accommodate a multitude of boutiques and shops on around 6,000 square meters – accompanied by multifaceted gastronomic offerings for air travelers.

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