The newly completed Kangaroo Island Airport terminal building is already receiving international recognition.
The building is a finalist in the 2018 World Architecture Festival being held in Amsterdam this year and is one of 12 projects nominated in the transport category.
The building was designed by architect Ashley Halliday and his father Ian Halliday of the firm Ashley Halliday Architects in Adelaide.
Mr Halliday said the World Architecture Festival had the only global awards program where architects presented their completed buildings to a panel of internationally renowned judges and delegates from around the world.
“We are absolutely thrilled that the building we designed has made the cut in these prestigious awards,” Mr Halliday said. “I'll be travelling to Amsterdam to do my presentation for the awards in late November.”
Mr Halliday, his partner Joslin Koolen, father Ian and employee Rupert Lindon atttended the official opening of the new airport upgrade on July 4.
He explained that of course he and his father Ian inspected the site of the new terminal building long before any construction began to get the feel of the land and inspiration from the natural landscape.
“You always inspect the site before you do anything and get a feel for it, where the sun comes up, what the topography is like,” Ian Halliday said.
Ashley together with his partner Ms Koolen are also regular visitors to KI, enjoying camping in the island’s natural settings.
“We wanted the building to compliment and reflect the natural aesthetic of the island,” Ashley said. “You are greeted by unspoiled nature as soon as you step off the plane.”
The building had many environmental aspects and top-level sustainability credentials from the electric car charging stations outside to the use of natural airflow to cool the building and reuse of rainwater to water the landscaping.
“The building reflects the pristine surrounds of the island and it embodies that ethos where sustainability is key,” Mr Koolen said.
Ashley said he was looking forward to explaining the building and its ethos to the judges in Amsterdam.
The stunning design, interior and exterior, can be viewed on the Ashley Halliday Architects website.
“Consistent with ‘Brand Kangaroo Island’s’ message and core values, Ashley Halliday created a strong, authentic and charismatic identity for the new terminal by foregrounding and enhancing the terminals relationship with its unique natural setting and making the terminal a popular destination and brand ambassador in its own right,” the firm’s website explains.
“The Kangaroo Island Air Terminal is more than a regional air transport hub, it is a unique world-class cultural venue.
“More than a landmark, image or icon, it is the product and instigator of dialogue – interaction and exchange between people, with the terminal and its breathtaking natural setting.
“The new air terminal at Kingscote introduces regional ‘citi-flyer’-type aircraft to service Kangaroo Island creating a paradigm shift and uplift in visitation and freight movement – measures that are critical to the island’s future prosperity as a national tourism icon and quality producer.”