Our response to the tropical climate of the Visayas is to cover the terminal layout with an overhanging roof that will provide deep shading and protection from the hot sun. This roof is essentially a straightforward construction of steel trusses supported on an 18m grid of columns.
The roof is cut up into sections symbolic of the islands. The gaps, roofed over with transparent ETFE membrane between the section represents the sea that separates them.
In many instances of recently completed airports, the management often push to incorporate “cultural features” after handed over in the hope that an instant identity can be created.
Here, we create the “resort” identity as an integral part of the building design, despite the cut off from the two levels by introducing features such as the shell, waterfall and the reflecting pools.