The German urban air taxi company Volocopter has developed the ﬁrst fully electronic, autonomous vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL), an ideal solution for use in urban areas. Together with GRAFT and Arup, the Berlin agency GRAFT Brandlab won the competition to design a modular vertiport concept for Volocopter.
The VoloPort concept combines lounge, security, and departure areas.
Photo © Raphael Olivier
The result is a flowing space that carefully orchestrates passenger experience and contributes to promoting acceptance of three-dimensional passenger transport.
The modular nature of VoloPorts enables a seamless integration of this new form of transport into the existing urban infrastructure. Potential implementation scenarios include railway stations, airports and unused roof surfaces, as well as floating VoloPorts mounted on pontoons—utilizing the free air corridors over rivers and other water surfaces.
Depending on the speciﬁc context, air taxis will depart from the VoloPort’s roof or an adjacent landing platform.
Photos © Nikolay Kazakov for Volocopter / Skyports
With their new VoloPort concept, Volocopter is making an important step towards a new airborne form of urban mobility based on electric energy.