Trichy Airport's new integrated terminal masterfully blends cultural elements with modern architectural design. One of the standout features is the gopuram-like entrance, inspired by the iconic raja gopuram (temple tower) of the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Tiruchirappalli’s Srirangam. This ornamental replica rises dramatically against the sleek geometrical roof and the multi-layered facade of the terminal building, creating a striking visual impact.

Inside the terminal, passengers are greeted by a horizontal line of wooden carvings depicting Lord Vishnu and His various incarnations, including the Narasimha avatar. These intricate engravings mirror the detailed carvings found in South Indian monuments, with the most prominent being a carving of Vishnu in a reclining position, modeled after the presiding deity of the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple. The elaborately sculpted columns supporting the terminal roof reflect the 1000 pillars adorned with centuries-old sculptures of riding horses at the temple.

The terminal's design pays homage to the magnificent temple architecture of the region, from the roof to the column cladding to the accent walls. Thirteen larger-than-life canvas acrylic paintings of historical temples across Tamil Nadu, including the Madurai Meenakshi Temple and Thanjavur Brihadisvara Temple, give the terminal a museum-like atmosphere. Traditional rangoli motifs, paintings, and murals add splashes of color and history to the interiors, depicting local traditions, festivals, and cultural heritage.

While the cultural aspects of the terminal captivate passengers with a journey through the heart of Trichy, its eco-friendly features pave the way for a sustainable future, reflecting Indian aviation’s commitment to sustainability. The energy-efficient building, which has earned a 4-star rating under the GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) system, incorporates solar power generation, rainwater harvesting, and water and sewage treatment plants, among other sustainable practices.

Source : Indian Eagle