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.
A series of funnels, which drop from the roof and through spaces below, gather sunlight and reflect it into areas which may otherwise be without, such as baggage reclaim and underground rail links.
Seoul, South Korea
600,000 sq m