In response to the rapid growth in passenger volume of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and economic activities in the Asia-Pacific region, the Host Entity is actively promoting the construction of Terminal 3, so as to boost service capacity and enhance quality of service.
The main design concepts for this project are “Smart, Green and Culture”. The project will be developed as a sustainable and intelligent airport, with comprehensive facilities encompassing functions in tourism, shopping, culture and arts to create new traveling experiences.
The international team led by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners won the commission, while UNStudio’s and Foster + Partners’ teams were awarded with the second and third prizes, respectively.
Having designed for the airports in Hong Kong, Mexico and many other countries, Sir Norman Foster and his team actually spearheaded a sparkling proposal, which intended to turn the new terminal into a splendid, lush garden.
Foster + Partners’ proposed design is influenced by Taiwan’s climates and topography, with the silhouette of Central Mountain Range referenced in the building’s sweeping roofline.
The design also celebrates the local flora and fauna, with a lush garden showcasing the country’s indigenous plant species. Passengers are guided through the check-in zone and security to the immigration and departure gates along a greenery spine that serves as the central axis.
Airline passengers often find themselves captive audiences of the harsh light and departure screens of many an airport with long layovers and frequent flight cancellations.
Covering more than 30,000 square meters, the lush garden in Foster + Partners’ proposal thus aims to reduce the anxiety and stress normally associated with air travel, inviting passengers to feast their eyes on natural and tranquil surroundings, as well as building a common ground between natural and artificial. Source by t3.
Article by Marco Rinaldi