Banyuwangi International Airport by andramatin wins Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Banyuwangi International Airport

“Arising from a sea of a paddy fields, the building extends the language of the landscape into a concentrated event that coalesces architecture, functionality and setting in a seamless yet discernible disposition.

Modern and efficient in all aspects, but at home in its place, Banyuwangi International Airport may be a game-changer in airport architecture, especially considering that the Indonesian government is set to build some 300 airports in the near future,” Jury Citation.

Shunning the standardised international style of most airports, this domestic airport embraces a context-conscious design approach, while serving over 1,100 passengers daily.

It caters to the hot climate through a large-scale, contemporary interpretation of vernacular passive design principles. Openings and overhangs are optimised for temperature control through natural ventilation and shading.

A continuous arrangement from landscape to interior space helps airflow, with lush plantings bringing nature inside the building. The roof is in two sections to distinguish departure and arrival halls, both inspired by traditional Indonesian forms.

Its hipped shapes provide a thermal void, and its grass covering further insulation. Daylight inlets on ceilings and façades are filtered through ulin-wood shutters. Materials were selected for local availability, functionality and low-cost maintenance. Source by Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA).