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Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Terminal 3

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On 2 November 2015 it was announced that architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) and Taiwan engineering firm CECI had won the competition to design a new Terminal 3 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

Formerly known as Chiang Kai-shek International, the airport is the largest in Taiwan and the eleventh busiest in the world. The new project will include; a terminal building, boarding gates, concourses, a multi-function building and transport infrastructure. Upon completion in 2020 the new terminal will be able to accommodate 45 million passengers a year.

The project builds on RSHP’s previous major airport experience, bringing together the flexibility of the single-span, loose-fit volume of Heathrow Terminal 5 with the flowing interior spaces of Barajas Terminal 4. It is inspired by Taiwan’s beautiful landscapes and seas, its rhythms of nature and life to create a series of unique interior places beneath an elegant hard shell roof.

The result is a unique and fluid architecture that allows for easy adaption without compromising the passenger experience or the architectural integrity. The dynamic interior celebrates the nature of the ever-changing spaces below; whether grand, intimate, uniform or dramatic.

The terminal building will be the first of a new generation, offering arriving passengers a similar spatial experience to those departing. Its rational plan arrangement is forecast to deliver minimum connection times of just 40 minutes, with simple way-finding and airside connectivity.

Ivan Harbour, Partner at RSHP said “Our proposal is focussed on a passenger’s experience with a deliberate strategy to absorb constant future change, whilst always retaining the integrity of its unique design. The terminal will be designed to meet the highest sustainability criteria; holistic engineering and architecture.

“We have created a rationally planned and easy to use airport that will be characterised by a flowing sequence of beautifully lit, acoustically comfortable and well-proportioned spaces. It will be an airport where the drama of the spatial experience is shared by all, at all times. The approach to the airport and the open spaces within it will have an urban quality akin to a city centre. Addressing these spaces there will be a variety of buildings that, together with the new and existing terminals, will form the heart of a new compact, vibrant ‘aero’ city.”

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The competition team comprised:

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