Mactan Cebu International Airport wins World Architecture award

Mactan Cebu International Airport Terminal 2

MANILA - The Philippines' Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal 2 has won an award at the World Architecture Festival, beating transport stations in other countries. 

Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) is the gate to the central and southern Philippine islands; it is also the country’s second-largest airport. Every year, about 8.9 million national and international passengers board, transfer or land at Mactan-Cebu Airport.

MCIA won the festival's Completed Buildings-Transport category, edging out Singapore's Jewel Changi Airport, Hong Kong West Kowloon Station, Sydney Australia's Barangaroo Ferry Wharf, and several other structures. 

"The architecture of Terminal 2 was designed by multi-awarded firm Integrated Design Associates (IDA) Hong Kong and its Principal Architect, Winston Shu, in collaboration with world-class Filipino designers" MCIA said. 

Notes from the judges on the winning project:

"This is a simple and elegant new airport that uses many locally sourced materials. It is intergrated into the local area through the development of a local hub and a landscape plan.

The internal spaces are light and uncluttered and the design is capable of future extension.

It is clearly popular with the local community and this established a memorable travels experiences"

The new terminal is a 65,000 m², three-storey structure with a central entrance hall and three wings with docking gates. The departure area is located on the second upper floor; arrivals are on the main and first upper storey. The supporting structure of the entrance hall is three-aisled, and the roof of the lateral wing continues the arched construction of the hall. The arched roof structure and large span of the arches make it possible, to a large extent, to do without supporting columns. The building is naturally lit through vertically accentuated, large-format glazing. Pipe-shaped louvres on the outside provide shade for the indoor spaces. According to the designers, the use of wood in the clear architecture will reflect the “warm-heartedness and friendliness of the country’s culture”.

The glulam timber, 4,500 m³ in all, comes from Austria. The building components arrived in Lapu-Lapu City by ship; assembly under the manufacturer’s supervision has been ongoing since November 2016. A special feature of the glulam arch used in Terminal 2 is that a melamine-based adhesive with a low formaldehyde content has been used to glue the individual timbers together.

This construction involves one of the world’s largest supporting structures made entirely of glulam timber. Even now, it is planned to expand the modular building within the next ten years in order to accommodate up to 3 million further passengers. With the new terminal, the existing regional airport will advance from its function as the gate to a holiday paradise to an airport in the world-class category.