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Pickard Chilton and Arup unveil elegant and sustainable Uber Air Skyport design

Jackie Wei-Green Jackie Wei Green Senior Communications Leader,Los Angeles
18 June 2019

Uber, the multinational technology and transportation company, is building toward a future of aerial ridesharing. To progress their vision, Uber requested designs for a “Skyport Mobility Hub” that could be realistically implemented in the next five to ten years.

Arup teamed with innovative architecture studio Pickard Chilton to create the seamless “Uber Sky Loft” design concept, which sources sustainable materials and offers minimal environmental impact.

Arup and Pickard Chilton's Uber Air Skyport design Arup and Pickard Chilton's Uber Air Skyport design
The concept features extensive use of mass timber — a highly sustainable material that will help offset carbon emissions while delivering an elegant, high-performance building.

On 12 June, Uber hosted its third annual Elevate Summit in Washington DC, where they unveiled eight fully considered Skyport concepts for the 2023 commercial launch of Uber Air. Each of the eight Skyports are designed to support busy, multimodal operations facilitating both ground and air transport and include space for electric bikes and scooters, EV charging infrastructure, and a connection to public transit. The Skyport Mobility Hubs are designed to integrate with the community, minimize noise, embrace sustainable materials, and reduce energy use. All the proposed concepts are envisioned in cities where Uber Air has announced plans to launch its service, including Dallas, Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia.

Building on the successful “Sky Tower” design collaboration from last year's Elevate Summit, Pickard Chilton and Arup were exclusively engaged by Uber to design the “Uber Sky Loft” for Melbourne. This facility would be a retrofit of an existing parking garage in downtown Melbourne and feature extensive use of mass timber — a highly sustainable material that will help offset carbon emissions while delivering an elegant, high-performance building. The concept includes a Skyport lounge, on-site transit options for ride-sharing and bike/scooter rentals, and close connections to public transit options.

Arup is proud to have partnered with Pickard Chilton once again to conceptualize a compelling Skyport design for Uber that is not only feasible, but also a future-proof vision that puts sustainability first. As Arup and Pickard Chilton are committed to shaping the built environment for the better, we have designed Sky Loft to have a minimal carbon footprint that respects the needs of the near term as well as generations to come. ”

Byron Thurber Byron Thurber Associate, Arup’s project lead
The Sky Loft design includes includes a Skyport lounge, on-site transit options for ride-sharing and bike/scooter rentals, and close connections to public transit options.