AIA Finalist: Carroll County Airport Terminal

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Sep. 19, 2011 12:00 am  

MODUS STUDIOCarroll County Airport Terminal • Berryville (Photo by Modus Studio)

PROJECT: Carroll County Airport Terminal
FIRM: Modus Studio
CONTRACTOR: Strough Commercial Construction
LOCATION: Berryville

The Carroll County Airport Terminal is an architectural machine, inspiring the adventure of flight while simultaneously grounding itself as a proud artifact engaging the growing number of pilots and visitors to this rural Arkansas airport.

Conceptually derived from the memory of a World War II airplane (F4U Corsair), the terminal building is a lens, capturing and projecting pilots to the landing area of the runway. The building seeks to take flight and shelters exterior spaces under its provocative wing-like forms.

Simple materials of metal panel, glass and cement fiberboard are carefully articulated to capture form and flood the interior space with natural light and view. The wedge form provides compression at the public entry at the north and releases toward the runway to the south, welcoming planes as they land. From the sky, the building is a beacon, a parked artifact and a familiar form to visiting pilots. The observation deck, or “vulture’s row,” is a unique loft providing prime views to the approach end of the runway, a vantage from which pilots critique the skills of others as they make their landings on the windy hilltop.

Owner/Client: Carroll County Airport Commission
Project Team: Chris M. Baribeau, AIA; Josh Siebert, Assoc. AIA; Chris Lankford
Consultants: HP Engineering, Myers-Beatty Engineering, Bates & Associates
Photographers: Perry Evans, Rett Peek, Modus Studio



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