Vietnamese spirit in Long Thanh airport designs

Updated 10:55, Tuesday, 07/02/2017 (GMT+7)

(ĐN)- The council responsible for deciding architecture for the passenger terminal of the Long Thanh International Airport project has selected nine designs with the highest scores to seek public comment.

Among the designs, seven feature images familiar with Vietnamese people, including lotus, lotus’s petal, leaf hat, bamboo, palm leaf, coconut and Vietnamese nature.

The three designs, chosen from nine entries, were made by reputable and experienced consultants that were highly appreciated, including the terminals’ roof in a shape of a stylized lotus, a stylized coconut leaf, bamboo themed furniture.

Like a lotus, the terminal is designed by South Korea’s Heerim Architects & Planners Co. It is dotted with light boxes, breaking the monotony of the roof. The outdoor parking lot and the rooftop are utilized as a green park with a large lake in the center as a highlight, which is also inspired by the image of a lotus. The roof of the main hall is designed with a long reach. In addition, the installation of a small roof by the viaduct is relatively harmonious (similar to the layers of a lotus).

The terminal is like a coconut leaf as designed by three companies from Singapore, Vietnam and Japan, with its roof inspired by the signature image of Vietnam’s countryside and river culture. The designers want to promote the image of an airport terminal characterized by Vietnamese culture. Inside the departure hall, the counters are designed as boats traveling in the rivers in rural Vietnam. Modern architecture is combined with green space, interior landscape and harmonious use of materials to present the image of a dynamic terminal.

The other designed by a Japan-France joint venture uses bamboo furniture.  Bamboo is used for all public space of the terminal, service areas, waiting rooms and lobby in station of arrival. The joint venture is also the designer of passenger station T2 at Noi Bai international airport in Vietnam; waiting halls 2 and 3 of the third station of Dubai International Airport, etc.

Long Thanh Airport will be built in three phases, the first including a runway, a terminal and other supporting facilities capable of handling 25 million passengers and 1.2 million tonnes of cargo each year.

Located in Long Thanh district in Dong Nai province, the airport will cover a total area of 5,000 ha, of which the area for infrastructure is 2,750 ha, defense 1,050 ha, and other facilities 1,200 ha.

The first phase is scheduled to be put into operation in 2025, though the construction date has yet to be determined.

The fully completed airport, consisting of two runways and two terminals, is scheduled for 2050 with an annual capacity of 100 million passengers and five million tonnes of cargo.

Reported by K.G