UNStudio unveils proposed terminal design for taiwan taoyuan airport UNStudio unveils proposed terminal design for taiwan taoyuan airport
nov 04, 2015

UNStudio unveils proposed terminal design for taiwan taoyuan airport

UNStudio unveils proposed terminal design for taiwan taoyuan airport
all images courtesy of UNStudio

 

 

 

UNStudio has revealed their proposed design for terminal 3 of taiwan’s taoyuan international airport. the scheme was awarded 2nd prize among the shortlisted competitors, behind british firm rogers stirk harbour + partners. UNStudio’s concept seeks to challenge the accepted utilitarian approach to airport design in an effort to propose a new standard for efficient and sustainable mass infrastructure. developed with a core team — comprising bio-architecture formosana from taipei and april yang design studio from ohio — the project reexamines the airport typology through an analysis of the existing terminals at taoyuan, while anticipating airport operational requirements and the spatial constraints of the site.

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the main entrance has been designed to become the airport’s most visually prominent façade

 

 

 

using personal travel experience as a starting point, the team felt that in recent times airport architecture has become rigidly prescribed as a typology with an excessive and monotonous use of space. with ‘place making’ at the center of the design concept, the team strove to distinguish its design by creating an interior ecology distinct from the look and feel of comparable airports. the scheme is further characterized by its efficiency, with short walking distances and optimized airport functions following the principles of natural wayfinding. additionally, a small footprint allows for a quick building assembly with a prefabrication strategy.

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sequential spaces seek to privilege comfort, ease of use and orientation

 

 

 

the building design provides a clear organization that offers passengers high efficiency, while satisfying the need for physical convenience and comforts,’ explains ben van berkel, founder of UNStudio. ‘with the aim of the client to be among the top of the international airports in the region, it was necessary to develop a concept that conflates functionality, atmosphere and flexibility – an airport that is sustainable from the get go.’

 

internally, sequential spaces seek to privilege comfort, ease of use and orientation. conceived as micro climates, the different areas are defined by physical conditions related to daylight, humidity, temperature and air flow. by locating the main entrance of the terminal building at the south-west end of the site, the terminal’s main entrance has been designed to become the most visually prominent façade for the entire airport with an undulating roof guiding the public to the various entrances.

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open spaces are brightly illuminated from above

UNStudio taiwan taoyuan international airport terminal 3 competition designboom
the design includes a host of retail outlets

UNStudio taiwan taoyuan international airport terminal 3 competition designboom
different areas are defined by physical conditions related to daylight, humidity, temperature and air flow

UNStudio taiwan taoyuan international airport terminal 3 competition designboom
UNStudio used personal travel experiences as a starting point for the proposal 

UNStudio taiwan taoyuan international airport terminal 3 competition designboom
the team strove to create an ‘interior ecology’ distinct from that of comparable airports

UNStudio taiwan taoyuan international airport terminal 3 competition designboom
the scheme is characterized by its efficiency, with short walking distances and optimized airport functions

UNStudio taiwan taoyuan international airport terminal 3 competition designboom
natural methods of wayfinding have been incorporated

UNStudio taiwan taoyuan international airport terminal 3 competition designboom
the approach to the new terminal

UNStudio taiwan taoyuan international airport terminal 3 competition designboom
sectional drawing illustrating the vast terminal design

 

 

project info:

 

UNStudio: ben van berkel, caroline bos, astrid piber with ger gijzen, mo lai, martin zangerl, marc salemink and sontaya bluangtook, tiia vahula, ryszard rychlicki, luke tan, nick roberts, lars van hoften, daniele de benedictis, samuel liew, fan wang, angela huang

airport planning architect: april yang design studio

local executive architect: BIO architecture formosana (ying chao kuo, ching hwa chang)

local executive engineer: taiwan engineering consultants group

 

advisers

structure and façade consultant: knippers helbig

sustainability: transsolar

landscape: loos van vliet

way finding: mijksenaar 

project management: EC harris 

commercial planning: ACTM

commercial planning: portland

lighting: AG licht

traffic consultant: MVA asia

airport special systems consultant: ADPI 

MEP HVAC consultant: deerns

MEP HVAC consultant: ARCADIS hyder

cost consultant: ARCADIS langdon seah

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