Lucy Wang

South Korea Unveils Plans for Sustainable Mini-City in World’s Best Airport

by , 10/17/13

incheon international airport, gensler, HMGY Consortium, south korea, Incheon International Airport terminal 2, sustainable airport, Pyeongchang, 2018 Winter Olympics

Incheon International Airport is South Korea’s largest and busiest airport. A destination in itself, the behemoth airport offers everything from a golf course to boutique shopping and even an indoor ice skating rink. To distinguish Terminal 2 from its predecessor, Gensler Architects and HMGY emphasize energy efficiency strategies in their design, such as the optimization of natural ventilation and lighting and the large-scale installation of photovoltaic cells.

incheon international airport, gensler, HMGY Consortium, south korea, Incheon International Airport terminal 2, sustainable airport, Pyeongchang, 2018 Winter Olympics

In addition to its emphasis on sustainability, highlights of the new 7.4-million square foot terminal include: a greater diversity of lush outdoor features, including running waterfalls and acres of themed gardens; an entire shopping district; and luxury lifestyle centers.

Architects also hope that their focus on sustainability will educate and inspire environmental stewardship in the millions of passengers who use the terminal every year. “We can be part of the overall solution of reducing negative impacts,” Terence Young, design director at Gensler, told Fast Company.

To ground the design in Korean culture the architects designed Terminal 2 in the shape of a phoenix, the Korean mythical beast associated with authority, longevity, strength and balance. The airport will also be built using locally sourced materials such as locally quarried granite and regionally harvested wood. The new terminal is set to open in time for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

+ Gensler

Via Fast Co.Exist

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2 Comments

  1. reesety October 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    That sounds wonderful and must be a huge undertaking; sure hope they use Waterless urinals in it; with millions of travelers the yearly savings in poatable water will be in the billions of gallons a year.

  2. Emily for PowerHouse Gr... October 17, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Thanks for this article, Lucy. It’s so exciting to see world hubs use their influence to encourage sustainable design. Thanks to brilliantly innovative planners and designers such as Capellini Architects (http://www.powerhousegrowers.com/capellini-architects-sustainable-going-extra-mile/) we can now turn what would typically be environmentally unfriendly buildings into beautiful, efficient and sustainable beacons of forward-thinking!

    I will be sure to add this airport to my list of must-see destinations!
    Thanks again!

    -Emily for PowerHouseGrowers.com

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