Incheon Airport   Seoul, South Korea

Part of a Korean-led consortium for a second passenger terminal at Incheon Airport in 2011, Grimshaw’s competition design offers an exemplary travel experience for the 45 million passengers predicted annually, and gives direct access to 74 contact stands from the new terminal.


The design approach encourages a ‘walking’ terminal for all passengers, which negates the need for automated transportation within the building and allows everyone to walk to their departure gate, regardless of destination, class, or carrier.

The simplified, calming transport strategy is echoed by gardens throughout the airport that are based on Korean courtyard plantings and give all visitors a peaceful place to rest as well as providing a point of connection between arriving and departing passengers.

A characterful ‘ribbon’ roof determines the appearance of the airport. Its rippling spans of ribbons twist open and closed, allowing daylight to enter the building in strategic areas.

The blue hue makes reference to the traditional colour of Korean roof tiles, reinterpreting the country’s culture in the context of an erudite air terminal.

Seoul, South Korea

Project Type
Aviation →

Incheon Airport

600,000 sq m