Auckland Airport Terminal Development Plan   Auckland, New Zealand

The proposed Auckland Terminal Development Plan (TDP) provides Auckland Airport with a unique framework to consolidate the terminals with landside precincts. Ultimately, by 2044, a unified and seamlessly connected single airport will replace the currently disconnected Domestic and International Terminals.

Grimshaw, as part of a consortium led by Mott MacDonald, has been appointed as the Lead Design Architect, in partnership with local partner Architectus, to support Auckland Airport’s plans to holistically expand their facilities through the International Arrivals and Domestic Jet Hub (DJH) projects.

Through improved ground transport, unification of landside public realm, and enhanced passenger processing and terminal dwell spaces, these two projects will deliver increased operational efficiency and high-quality, memorable traveller experiences, significantly enhancing their journey.

An in-depth Design Narrative will ensure that the airport anchors its unique sense of place around a passenger journey sequence, characterised and expressed through three distinct moments - the ‘Voyage’, ‘Transition’ and ‘Arrival’.

The International Terminal will be reflective of traditional Māori landscapes and environments, with an expansive, bold and exciting visual language. The DJH will relate to modern Tāmaki sceneries and urban expression, in an affiliative, connective, intimate and familiar way.

Both the International and Domestic Terminals are designed for passengers, visitors and employees alike, with carefully considered materials to enhance, express and highlight each different journey moment, while being true to the project’s architectural and structural intent. Forms exude ambition, confidence, and celebrate the best qualities of New Zealand.

“The consortium’s experience covers over 1,000 aviation projects in 120 countries across 260 airports. In addition to specialist experience and knowledge, the architects have a proven record of successfully bringing local cultural influence into the fabric of their passenger focused design.”

Auckland International Airport Limited

The thematic journey centres around the concept of ‘Returning Home’ which is punctuated by three well-defined moments – the ‘Voyage’ (arrival lounges and piers) representing Ranginui/Sky and Tangaroa/Sea; ‘Transition’ (processing areas) representing Takutai/Coast and ‘Arrival’ (entry halls, landside, carpark, access roads), representing the connection with the Whenua/Land.

Auckland, New Zealand

Project Type
Aviation →

Auckland International Airport Limited

65,000 sqm



Associate Architect
MottMacDonald, Holmes, Architectus, Maynard