Fuksas cleared for take-off after contest to design Chinese airport
18 April 2008
Leading Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas has won a global competition to design a £1.2 billion international terminal for Shenzhen airport in China, beating practices including Foster & Partners, Foreign Office and Japan’s Kisho Kurokawa.
The airport’s proposed terminal 3 will be 400,000sq m and wrapped in a single roof canopy, made with a patterned, double skin of steel and glass.
Speaking to BD, Fuksas compared his design to a “piece of music”.
He said: “The services are within the double skin. It has a steel structure, which is much better than concrete, it’s easier to control.
“The glass is clear. There are depressions, skylights... it’s like a piece of music, like a wave.”
The main terminal building will be built on three levels, each with a separate function: departures, arrivals and services.
Voids in the departure area on the upper floor link the levels, and allow natural light to reach the lower floors.
From above, the check-in area of the terminal ressembles a manta-ray, according to the architect.
Fuksas said: “I wanted to give the feel of a manta fish moving. After [travelling through the check-in area] you go through to a piazza, where you can have a coffee. The interior design is very important.”
The project will be built in three phases. The first phase, due to be completed in 2015, will include the creation of the 63-gate terminal; the second phase will create a rail link to the terminal, and the third phase, which will not be finished until 2035, will expand and complete the terminal.
When terminal 3 is finished, Shenzhen will be the fourth largest airport in China, behind Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.