The Practice



Silvio Pettirossi International Airport

The New Terminal Building (NET) of Silvio Pettirossi International Airport is made up of a large piece on the air side and another piece on the ground side. However, this second piece, with different uses, is divided in turn into two that are separated by green patios to introduce natural light inside the building and to provide passengers and users with views to the outside through fully glazed and light in appearance.

To reinforce the idea of the project to separate the NET into three pieces, a concept related to the passenger experience is proposed and is the creation of a series of solid and glass façades that guide the natural process of the journey. The façades integrate elements of traditional Guaraní culture inspired by ao po’i embroidery.

The roof has a modular system that make future extensions easy without changing the construction system and with minimal disruption to operations. These modules are inspired by Guaraní feather headdresses, curving like these to increase their structural efficiency. The columns have the shape of a “Y”, like the word “water” in Guaraní. 

The colors of the jungle are transferred to the outer deck with a predominance of green as the base color and brightly colored elements marking the accesspoints to the terminal and the successive processes in the passenger journey. Color reinforces intuitive orientation.


Place/Date: Asunción, Paraguay, 2019
Client: Dirección Nacional de Aeronáutica Civil / Organización de Aviación Civil Internacional
Budget: Confidential
Area: Phase 1 - 39.365 m2 (2029) Phase 2 - 44.221 m2 (2035) Phase 3 - 50.152 m2 (2045)
Architects: luis vidal + architects
Contributors: N/A
Project Status: Competition
Team: luis vidal + architects