Mactan Cebu International Airport
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.
Passengers rarely remember the airport they have just been through, whether arriving or departing. Terminals now look all the same to the average passenger especially when arrivals and departures are on separate levels, cut off by massive concrete roads above.
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.