Two support areas (west and east) were planned on both sides of Terminal 3, as part of the Ben Gurion Airport 2000 project initiated by the IAA. These areas include logistic warehouses, hangars, operations and maintenance platforms, etc. These two areas provide the necessary logistical services for supporting the ongoing activities at the terminal
F-44 is a warehouse with a dedicated customs area, planned in the western support area of Ben Gurion Airport and serves as a logistics center for the terminal’s commercial activities. It is also used as a supply and distribution center for the stores and restaurants that operate at the terminal, as well as other businesses located at the support area.
In order to serve the various functional needs of the warehouse, the plan offers maximal flexibility to accommodate its unspecified and changing needs. Therefore, the warehouse bears as few fixed elements as possible, ranging in size, shape and placement and thus provides the flexibility to host the maximum number of potential customers.
The building was planned and divided according to a flow diagram of its different functions, and based on elementary units that can be combined together to construct larger units when needed.
The warehouse design divides the space, where every space functions independently but can also integrate with the other parts and operate as a single unit. Two unloading ramps were planned to enable the independent functionality of every operational phase in order to create balance and fit any programmatic requirements.
Additionally, the design corresponds with the neighboring buildings in the eastern support area, and uses vertical cores as rounded rhythmic elements that soften the intersection between the ramps and the wall, while dividing the rather lengthy building.