Melbourne Airport has unveiled their proposed design for a new terminal and is looking to the public for feedback.

The Terminal 4 project is set to strengthen Melbourne’s position as the “centre of growth in domestic air travel” and was designed by HASSELL with construction to be delivered by Leighton Contractors.

The airport hopes to encourage feedback to understand how passengers and visitors envision they will utilise the new terminal and whether the new design is aesthetically pleasing. Feedback can be submitted online through the airport’s website and features a two step survey with the following questions:

  1. How would you spend your time at the new Terminal 4?
  2. How do you like the look of the new Terminal 4?

The survey was developed based on a fly-through animation created by ASPECT Studio with Melbourne Airport seeking input from the general public, stakeholders and those genuinely interested in aviation architecture and design.

The Terminal 4 precinct is currently under construction spanning 20,000 square metres of land and will be the new home of low-cost airlines Jetstar and Tigerair. Additionally, the precinct will include 17 new aircraft parking bays and taxi lanes, dedicated ground transport facilities and improvements.

The animation itself navigates the user throughout the terminal from check in all the way to baggage collection upon departing. It reveals a very minimalist design from HASSELL and a neutral colour palette that offers clean and bright spaces for moving about the terminal. Where natural light has the ability to be utilised – it is – via floor to ceiling windows and ceiling sections.

Green foliage brings life to the terminal and can be seen throughout the interiors in neatly compiled planter boxes while outdoors is beautifully landscaped. Furthermore, Terminal 4 is very people centric offering a multitude of communal seating areas beyond the gate seating, an extensive food court and retail precinct.

Melbourne Airport Site Map

Melbourne Airport Site Map

Terminal 4 also appears to feature state-of-the-art technology with digital check in points surpassing human check in desks.  According to HASSELL, Terminal 4 is designed to foremost increase operational efficiency whilst also supporting “enhanced retail opportunities”.

“In addition, it offers further value by considering modular expansion and future integration with Terminal 3, therefore maximising all opportunities for shared security, check-in and baggage facilities and airside retail,” the firm reveal on their website.

“…This terminal is one of a new generation of hybrid facilities that is a platform for a variety of airline business models as well as providing an improved experience and amenity for passengers,” HASSELL added.

In anticipation of the growth of the low-cost domestic airline market, the new structure will integrate with the main terminal  which currently houses Virgin Australia and REX and will be designed to accommodate 10 million passengers each year.

“Low fare airlines have dramatically changed the aviation market and have had tremendous growth as a result of the way people now view air travel,” said Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff in a press release which officially announced Jetstar joining Terminal 4.

Landscaped Exterior

Landscaped Exterior

“Victoria is growing and so are we. Our new domestic terminal is part of a larger program of investment that will transform Melbourne Airport,” he added referring to Terminal 4 along with further plans for a new airport runway.

Currently, Melbourne Airport serves 30 million passengers each year, a figure expected to grow to 60 million over the next decade. Last year, domestic passengers increased by 3 per cent in 2013 to 2012, reaching 23,051,321 passengers while the airport also handled a further 7 million international passengers, a seven per cent increase since 2012.

The project which is reportedly costing $370 million is expected to be completed by 2015. Woodruff has also recognised the project’s wider economic contribution through job creation both during the development and post project as Melbourne’s airport aims to become “Australia’s premier aviation gateway”.