UN Studio's proposal for Terminal 3 of Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport was just awarded 2nd prize for its innovative design. UN Studio competed against shortlisted proposals by the formidable Rogers Stirk Harbour and Fosters + Partners. The undulating roof surface shelters an interior characterized by short walking distances and easy orientation, with daylight, humidity, temperature and air flow varying depending on the use of different zones.
Together with Bio-Architecture Formosana from Taipei, April Yang Design Studio from Ohio, and a multidisciplinary consultant team, the architects placed the main entrance of the terminal building at the south-west end of the site, which makes Terminal 3 visually dominant part of the Taoyuan airport facade. They reexamined the airport typology and decided to focus the design on creating an interior ecology which breaks away from the conventional look and feel of airports.
The building has a small footprint and uses prefab elements that allow for quick assembly. Through a holistic approach, the team focused on “place making” and established a sequence of spaces that are easily navigable and offer intuitive way-finding.
“With the aim of the client to be amongst the top of the international airports in the region, it was necessary to develop a concept that conflates functionality, atmosphere and flexibility – an airport that is sustainable from the get go,” said UN Studio’s Ben van Berkel.