Taiwan Taoyuan Airport

Foster + Partners proposed Design of Taiwan Taoyuan Airport




Taiwan Taoyuan Airport
Image © Foster + Partners

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.

Taiwan Taoyuan Airport
Image © Foster + Partners

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.

Taiwan Taoyuan Airport
Image © Foster + Partners

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.

Taiwan Taoyuan Airport
Image © Foster + Partners

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.

Taiwan Taoyuan Airport
Image © Foster + Partners

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.

Taiwan Taoyuan Airport
Image © Foster + Partners

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.

Taiwan Taoyuan Airport
Image © Foster + Partners

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.

Taiwan Taoyuan Airport
Image © Foster + Partners

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.

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