French airport operator Aeroports de Paris (ADP) has opened a new €71m building, connecting terminals 2A and 2C at Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport.
The 16,000m² facility spreads across two levels with a design intended to ease passenger orientation; more than five million passengers are expected to pass through the building every year.
Featuring futuristic external architecture, the façade of the building is covered in light-reflecting metal bands, which act as a sun screen and decoration.
ADP chief architect François Tamisier said: "The AC connecting building seen from the outside looks like a huge 'drape', a live stage curtain capturing the quality of light and changing skies around Ile de France."
The building includes 2,450m² of commercial space and 1,300m² of retail space featuring shops, bars and food outlets, including a row of luxury boutiques and restaurants.
After checking in at T2A or T2C, passengers will be directed to a 3,400m² space housing 14 police and security checkpoints, which are expected to reduce the time required to clear border controls.
Level 1 offers passengers retail and dining with a department store-style shopping area, before entering an avenue of stores. On Level 2, VIP customers will soon be able to access 3,300m² of lounge space with a view over the runways.
The connecting building is the first step in a total reconstruction of terminals 2A and 2C, to be completed in the second half of 2013. ADP is planning to renovate the boarding lounge and create a new 1,000m² arrivals hall in Terminal 2A, by the end of 2012.
In the second-half of 2013, the revamp will conclude with the renovation of the terminals' public areas. The work on these terminals, including the new connecting building, represents an investment of €104m.
Image: The connecting building features a row of luxury shops and restaurants. Photo: courtesy of Aeroports de Paris.