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glass cable-stayed wall, the longest in the world and an impressive kiss-off from India to those leaving the country. The glass wall was also installed for sentimental reasons, family, well wishers and those not traveling are not allowed to enter the terminal building in India, so the glass partition allows relatives to wave their loved ones off. The interior of the departure hall is warm and light filled, radiating a sense of sophistication and style, two old principles of air-travel that looked out-dated and dead with the rise of budget airlines at the turn of the twenty-first century, but are now being reclaimed in the form of a spate of cutting edge airport terminals springing up across the world. 30 mushrooming multi-storey columns form the architectural centrepieces of the interior, supporting the long-span roof while bringing to mind the airy pavilions and interior courtyards of palaces and temples found in some of the quainter corners of the Indian countryside. To add something of a mystical effect small disks of colourful glass recessed within the canopy coffers speckle the hall below with light, the constellation of colours bringing to mind a peacock, the national bird of India and the airport’s official symbol. Large skylights have been installed over 28 of the feature columns, ensuring the terminal building is bathed in natural light. 244 smaller skylights have also been fitted to distribute natural light between the columns, together comprising nearly 30,000 square metres of skylight glass, helping the building to achieve daylight autonomy for the majority of the year. The roof itself is one of the largest in the world without an expansion joint and the long span of the steel truss structure allows for the spacing of the thirty 130 foot columns to be far enough apart to create a feeling of openness, while allowing for flexibility in the arrangement of the ticket counters. Floodlights from Bega have been installed to light the terminal at night while recessed downlights from Lucent also help with this task. After check-in passengers proceed to the retail area of the airport, which gives passengers ample opportunity to shop and eat, all while watching the aircraft arrive and take off through expansive floor to ceiling windows, which also act to bathe the terminal in natural light. The commercial area, located at a junction between the terminal core and the surrounding concourses, provides a focus point for activity in close proximity to the departure gates, meaning passengers can

One of the exterior columns that help to lend the airport a distinctive look. Sill provided exterior uplight floodlights for the project.

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