HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TERMINAL 2 (SKY PLAZA)

HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TERMINAL 2 (SKY PLAZA)

Client: Airport Authority of Hong Kong
Location: Chek Lap Kok (Lantau), Hong Kong
Size: 1,500,000sf
Program: International Departures Air Terminal, Tour Coach Station, APM Station, Retail Mall (and IMAX theatre), Offices for AAHK (2 buildings)
Cost: $250,000,000
Status: Completed 2007
Awards: AIA New York State, 2008; Chicago Athenaeium, 2008; AIA Hong Kong Chapter, 2007
Link to web content: World Buildings, Chicago Athenaeium, Archello

Key Roles: R. Anthony Fieldman, former Associate Partner and lead project designer, SOM

SOM - Architect of Record

Image credit: © R. Anthony Fieldman unless otherwise noted

 

 

 

In concept, Terminal Two at Hong Kong International Airport - which sits across the main entrance road from Terminal 1’s imperious roof structure - re-imagines air travel as an act of buoyancy and softness. Travelers to T2 (AKA Sky Plaza) engage a cloud of indeterminate scale, both outside and inside. The exterior, made from undulating structural ribs of stainless steel, pulses softly and blurs the line between glazed and non-glazed surfaces. Within the 100% naturally day-lit interior, travelers move under the soft, filtered daylight of an enormous,13-acre fiberglass and steel cloud. Columns supporting the hidden roof structure disappear into the cloud.

Exterior details - image credit: © SOM

Site plan - Image credit: © SOM