SITE: The Main Ticketing Pavilion, on the ground floor. The second floor is a balcony, a mezzanine, over the ticketing area. Off to the side, an escalator goes up and down between floors.
PROGRAM: A waiting area for passengers, at the end of the ground floor.
PROJECT: At the end of the ticketing pavilion, the floors come loose. It’s as if, now that there’s nowhere else to go, the floors take off in flight. The ground floor swoops up onto the mezzanine, while the mezzanine sweeps down onto the ground floor. The flying floors release plantings from under the ground, as if a jungle was there all the time, waiting to spring out; plantings climb up the underside of the flying floors. As the floors fly, they form seats for people within the plantings, and up in the air, and under the floor.
This mix of floors makes an indoor park, a pocket park, at the end of the departures terminal. On the one hand, it functions as a sign: the release of the ground floor, the rise of the ground floor, leads travelers upstairs, to the gates. On the other hand, it functions as a travelers’ garden, a respite, a place to gather their thoughts and their belonging, before going on to the next stage of their trip.