Clark International Airport is indeed Luzon's second gateway and major airport. With the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport, more airlines are moving their flights to the former US Airbase in Angeles, Pampanga, hence, the need to have a bigger airport to accommodate more passengers. Ongoing is the construction of the new Clark International Airport terminal and you will just love its modern Filipino design.
Budji+Royal firm is in the forefront of the design of Clark International Airport terminal 2 whose silhouette is basically inspired by the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, Mt. Arayat, and Mt. Pinatubo.
While Budji+Royal firm is incharge of the design in collaboration with Hong Kong's Integrated Design Associates, Megawide was the chosen contractor for the project.
Architect Royal Pineda says, “Although we Filipinos respect international standards, some of their solutions are specific to a foreign setting. As Filipinos, we must take charge of our vision. We can open up to the world to collaborate and learn the best practices but apply them in our context."
“Once we create solutions and articulate them in our designs, they can become the modern Filipino standards for architecture. Other tropical countries can study how we are doing it. We are trying to generate innovations so that we can share them with the world. We can produce distinctly Filipino designs which make us authentic,” Arch. Pineda continues.
CRK Terminal 2 will complement the existing terminal and will be able to accommodate triple its existing capacity of 4 million passengers. The new terminal will be around 100,000sqm, almost as big as Hong Kong's Chep Lap Kok International Airport terminal 2.
The facade of the airport is inspired by the mountain ranges within the area namely Mt. Pinatubo, Mt. Arayat, and the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. The roofline will use longspan metal and a glue-laminated (timber) structure. Warm, tropical tones make the structure blend with the landscape.
“The plan reflects the warmth of Filipinos,” says Arch. Pineda. “This concept was an offshoot of our rehabilitation of Naia 1 in 2011. We are bringing this concept as our main DNA in what makes the Filipino airport distinct. Present your culture beautifully and efficiently so that the world will appreciate it.”
“Apart from the architecture, we want to celebrate the culture of Filipinos—we greet and send off our loved ones. So the planning takes into account the comfort of well-wishers and greeters,” says Arch. Budji Layug.
“This airport will make us happy to come home. Something like this signals that the Philippines is stepping up on its modernity. It will show the world that we are in business. Everybody will have pride that the country is moving forward,” Layug continues.
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