Mactan Cebu International Airport

Design Concept

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.

Client: Avialliance GmbH, Zurich International Airport
Location: Samara - Russia
Project status: Completion of design November 2013



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