Some long-time Frankfurt residents say there hasn’t been a day in fifty years without a construction site or crane in sight. But it isn’t only the city that’s constantly altering its appearance. Frankfurt’s “gateway to the world” – the airport – has also seen a steady parade of changes over the decades. Like now. The starting gun went off for building Terminal 3 in the airport’s south in the fall of 2015, but work to plan it actually began much earlier.
Architectural offices all over Europe submitted their ideas for the new terminal at Frankfurt Airport. In the end, the London-based architects of Fosters and Partners convinced the eight-member jury with their modern, sustainable concept, winning the competition on June 28, 2002. This was followed by a second contest among 10 candidates to pick the best design, which Christoph Mäckler of Frankfurt won providing a modern vision of a terminal with a feel-good ambiance. The three parts of the main building – the check-in hall, the security area, and the central marketplace – are conceived as modular units, which will allow their ongoing adaptation to changing requirements.
Actual construction kicked off on October 15, 2015 with a formal groundbreaking ceremony. Following more than 15 years of intensive preparations, the start of one of Europe’s largest-ever privately funded infrastructural projects was celebrated on the airport premises. Four hundred Fraport employees and 200 invited politicians and business leaders participated in this momentous event.
“After more than 15 years of intensive planning, approval processes, and checks, today we’re pleased to start building Terminal 3 at Frankfurt Airport. This new terminal will ensure the future viability of Germany’s largest aviation hub in the face of international competition while creating new jobs and prospects for our employees. It will also contribute to the long-term economic prosperity of the entire region and beyond.” (Stefan Schulte)