Uber Elevate unveiled this week 16 new SkyPort concepts from 8 different architecture firms. These were designed for Dallas, Los Angeles, and Melbourne.
SkyPorts for Uber Elevate are not just landing pads for eVTOLs, but are designed to enable seamless transportation in major cities. As such, each SkyPort is connected with public transit, has parking and charging for Uber Jump bikes & scooters, and has areas for easily connecting with Uber cars (one day to be autonomous).
Each of the designs bring forward a different design philosophy. While some are built for easy of assembly and parking structure retro fits, others are designed as community centers. Here are some of the top designs unveiled last the conference:
Mithun “SkyPark” (Los Angeles)
The Mithun SkyPark is designed to transform the surrounding community into a hub for connectivity. It uses nature itself, through a garden on the ground floor, to absorb noise and reduce pollution. Its ground floor has an open air concept, with room for retail and small cafe’s and restaurants. JUMP bikes and scooters can be easily retrieved from revolving carousel. See the full Mithun SkyPark video here.
Pickard Chilton and Arup “Sky Loft” (Melbourne)
The Sky Loft by Arup and Pickard Chilton is designed to provide for all transportation infrastructure needs, even including a lounge for driver partners. Although it’s a parking structure retrofit and not an entire building, it acts as a hub for all things Uber including an Uber Greenlight Hub (for Uber operations and customer service), an operations facility for JUMP bikes and scooters, and retail. Even more notably, the Sky Loft utilizes natural wood to offset multiple tons of carbon emissions, and add to the buildings aesthetic. See the full Arup and Pickard Chilton Sky Loft video here.
Boka Powell “Urban Re-Vision” (Dallas)
The Boka Powell “Urban Revision” is designed as a larger center, with options for a large amount of retail and restaurants. Boka Powell envisions that residents will able to do their shopping, enjoy a high quality meal or coffee, and more all in the same center they use to travel. To this effect, the Uber Air hub runs through the middle of the large building as rectangle which can be accessed from almost any area. The Urban Re-Vision also places a heavy emphasis on a seamless travel experience, with plenty of room for all travel modalities from cars to bikes and scooters. See the full Boka Powell Volary video here.
Corgan CONNECT | EVOLVED
Corgan’s approach to SkyPort design is practicality and feasibility. The CONNECT | EVOLVED comes as system of modular components that can be interchanged between locations. Notably, this design is the second version of the Mega SkyPort it designed for Uber Elevate last year. The new CONNECT | EVOLVED features separate levels for pedestrians and vehicles, solar skin, flooring that harnesses kinetic energy, and heliostats that harvest and redirect sunlight under highways. Watch the full CONNECT | EVOLVED video here.
Humphrey & Partners’ “Volary” (Dallas)
The Humphrey & Partners Volary pays homage to the pursuit of flight with a structure that is designed to look as if it is suspended in the air. The vertical atrium is constructed of tinted, sound-absorbing Smart Glass, providing a modern look focused on sustainable energy and functional ease. Volary hosts facilities for supporting eVTOL and JUMP operations as well as bikes, scooter and electric vehicle charging and more than 9,500 square feet of retail space. See the full Humphrey & PartnersVolary video here.
Parking Structure Retrofits
The Beck Group “Dallas SkyPort” (Dallas)
Beck’s retrofit concept focuses on combining an existing seven story parking structure with pre-fabricated components, like the undulating cloud canopy, unique elevator enclosure, and sky lounge. The Dallas Skyport facilitates eVTOL take off and landing as well as space for bikes, scooters and electric vehicles. The Skyport features a 6,000 square foot lobby as well as a 2,000 square foot sky lounge at the top for travelers to wait for their departing aircraft. See the full Beck Dallas Skyport video here.
Mithun SkyPark Retrofit (Los Angeles)
This is the ‘Santa Monica Retrofit’ that complements Mithun’s “SkyPark” hub near downtown. A flight from the downtown hub to the Santa Monica retro fit will take about 7 minutes. The Santa Monica retrofit has an L-shaped open-air concept on the ground, and features a simple elevator system to reach the Sky Deck. On the Sky Deck, vehicles are set on a turnable parking which allows for management of deck space and a seamless customer experience. Watch the full Mithun Skyports video here.
Shop Architects “Arc” (Los Angeles)
SHoP’s Arc concept looks to reclaim the past eras of flight. The roof’s form and feel is built to capture the capture the wonder of air travel while also doubling as a platform for integrated photovoltaics, generating energy to offset the power demands of the facility. The Arc is a greenfield design that facilitates 72 eVTOL round trips per hour with space for electric bikes and scooters, as well as electric vehicle charging and supporting operations. See the full SHop Arc video here.
Uber Elevate announced that Related Companies will be its preferred real estate development partner supporting its Uber Air network in the United States. As part of this partnership, Uber and Related have collaborated on a vision for a future skyport at Related’s 240-acre Santa Clara development to illustrate the benefits aerial ridesharing could provide for the Bay Area and other cities in the future. Related is one of the country’s largest real estate developers, known for its city defining, mixed-use developments and innovative residential and commercial offerings in many of Uber’s biggest cities.
Signature Flight Support and Uber Elevate have announced a nationwide partnership in which Signature Flight Support will facilitate ground based operations and Skyport infrastructure for Uber Air. Signature Flight Support is Uber Elevate’s first nationwide operations and on-airport infrastructure partner. Signature will also be the ground-based operator of choice for Uber Copter services, which offers the first real demonstration of the Elevate experience in New York.
Signature is the world leader in ground based private aviation services known as Fixed Based Operations (FBO’s), with over 200 locations across the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. Signature has been committed to aviation safety and perfecting the customer experience for over 25 years.
“Signature Flight Support’s operational prowess and industry leading understanding of the private aviation space makes them an ideal fit for Uber Elevate’s business. Efficient and safe Skyports are a critical component of our business model, and our future collaboration with Signature will allow for a seamless rider experience from the moment they arrive at a Skyport, to the moment they depart.” –Eric Allison, Head of Uber Elevate