Design firm Gensler, in collaboration with HMGY Consortium, has broken ground on Terminal 2 of South Korea’s Incheon International Airport. The design for the terminal envisions it as a sustainable mini city within an airport.
The Incheon airport is the country’s busiest airport and has been selected the best in the world by Airports Council International for eight consecutive years. When complete, Terminal 2, with its 72 gates and 7.4 million feet of space, will double the airport’s size. The project includes a second airport control tower, a train station, parking facilities, and an airside Intra Airport Transit (IAT).
Terminal 2 contains green space that spans over two football fields, with waterfalls and koi ponds scattered all throughout and bathed in natural daylight. The buildings are integrated with photovoltaic cells and skylights, creating an energy-sufficient building with lots of natural light. The terminal also features a shopping district and a dining plaza where travelers can relax while waiting for their flights.
The new terminal design also reflects Korean culture and traditions. The building form is inspired by the phoenix, a mythological beast revered as a symbol of authority, longevity, strength and balance.
The terminal is expected to be completed in time to welcome visitors to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.