MAD architects designs sculptural lishui airport as a 'bird in a garden'

MAD architects designs sculptural lishui airport as a 'bird in a garden'

Respecting the Land, Embracing the Mountains

 

MAD Architects has unveiled the design for Lishui Airport, the first airport serving the ‘forest city’ of Lishui in Zhejiang Province, China. Sited amidst the lush greenery and valleys 15 kilometers southwest of the city, the airport is designed to be a harmonious addition to the natural landscape. The design prioritizes respecting the original hilly terrain while ensuring accessibility for passengers. This focus on the mountainous environment is reflected in the airport’s overall form and organic roof

 

Following MAD Architects’ vision, ‘Lishui is a garden city, and her airport should also be in a garden,’ the design emphasizes a human-centric experience over sheer size. The architects aim to create a public space that prioritizes convenience and reflects the city’s identity.

MAD architects lishui airportimages courtesy MAD Architects

 

 

lishui airport: A Bird Taking Flight in a Garden City

 

The defining feature of the Lishui Airport is its large, silver-white overhanging roof, which the team at MAD Architects designs as a symbol of flight. The roof resembles a white-feathered bird ready to take flight, a fitting image for an airport. The bird-like form not only creates a visually stunning landmark but also helps the airport integrate seamlessly with the surrounding mountains by absorbing the elevation changes.

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MAD Architects design Lishui Airport, the first for China’s ‘forest city,’ Lishui

 

 

a welcoming and optimized terminal by mad architects

 

Inside the Lishui Airport terminal, MAD Architects curates a welcoming atmosphere with warm, wood-toned finishes. A shuttle-shaped skylight not only allows for natural light but also contributes to the airport’s energy efficiency. The one-and-a-half-floor layout optimizes passenger flow, with departures on the ground floor and waiting areas on the second floor. Additionally, a central landscape path within the sunken parking lot further enhances the connection between passengers and the surrounding space.

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located in hilly terrain, the airport prioritizes respecting the natural landscape

 

 

The Lishui Airport is designed with future growth in mind. The passenger capacity is projected to reach 1.8 million by 2030 and five million by 2050. The plans also include the addition of an international terminal to accommodate future travel demands. Construction of the Lishui Airport is expected to be completed by the end of 2024, making this unique ‘bird in a garden’ a reality for the city.

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the design reflects MAD Architects’ vision of an airport as an element within a garden city MAD architects designs sculptural lishui airport as a 'bird in a garden'
a large, silver-white overhanging roof evokes a bird taking flight, a nod to the airport’s function

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warm wood tones and a shuttle-shaped skylight create a welcoming and energy-efficient interior

MAD architects designs sculptural lishui airport as a 'bird in a garden'
the bird-like form will help the airport integrate with the surrounding mountains

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construction of the Lishui Airport is expected to be completed by the end of 2024

 

project info:

 

project title: Lishui Airport

architecture: MAD architects | @madarchitects

location: Lishui, Zhejiang Province, China

completion: expected end of 2024

images: courtesy MAD Architects

 

site area: 2,267 hectares

building area: 12,100 square meters

building height: 23.95 meters

 

principal partners in charge: MA Yansong, DANG Qun, Yosuke Hayano

associate partners in charge: LIU Huiying, Kin Li

design team: SUN Shouquan, ZHANG Xiaomei, LEI Lei, YANG Xuebin, SUN Mingze, YIN Jianfeng, Punnin Sukkasem, ZHU Yuhao, ZHANG Yaohui, Alan Rodríguez Carrillo, Pittayapa Suriyapee, WANG Xinyi

client: Lishui Airport Construction Headquarters

executive architects: CAAC NEW ERA AIRPORT DESIGN INSTITUTE COMPANY LIMITED 

facade consultant: RFR Shanghai

interior design/lighting consultant: Shanghai Xian Dai Architectural Decoration & Landscape Design Research Institute CO., Ltd

landscape consultant: Z’scape Landscape Planning and Design

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