Studio Fuksas just completed construction on Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport’s new Terminal 3, which more than doubles the area of the existing airport. The terminal is wrapped in a white honeycomb skin, and its curving canopy is punctuated by a series of hexagonal skylights to filter in natural light. The 75-acre terminal opens to passengers later this week.
The Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport terminal’s curvaceous, mesh-like skin evokes the form of a living, breathing creature with its sweeping roof canopy and texturized walls. By slicing openings between the terminal’s three floors, the designers were able to maximize the flow of natural light and create opportunities for double- and triple-height ceilings supported by tall conical columns.
Constructed from steel and glass, the repeating honeycomb motif also helps to break the terminal down to a more comfortable human scale. Throughout the interior, air conditioning vents molded into the shape of white ‘trees’ add interesting sculptural elements. Custom designed stainless steel check-in desks and gates complete the contemporary finish.
Characteristic of Chinese development, the design and construction of the massive terminal was completed at the remarkably fast pace of just under three years. Studio Fuksas is currently working on two more projects for the airport which are set for completion in 2025 and 2035.