Mactan Cebu International Airport wins at World Architecture Fest; DOT Lauds the Terminal
Cebu City, Philippines — Here is yet another good news that every Filipino should be proud of. The Mactan Cebu International Airport Terminal 2 has just won the top prize in the Completed Buildings – Transport category during the World Architecture Festival which was held in The Netherlands on Dec. 4 to 6.
This event in Amsterdam is deemed the largest, inclusive, as well as interactive global architectural awards program and festival in the world, reports Philippine Information Agency.
Based on the notes of the judges in the said competition, its “simple and elegant” structure is its biggest asset.
“This is a simple and elegant new airport that uses many locally-sourced materials,” reads a judge’s note. “It is integrated into the local area through the development of a local hub and a landscape plan.”
Its internal spaces also got special attention from judges as it is “light and uncluttered and the design is capable of future extension.” Such feature, according to judges, establish “memorable travel experiences.”
The Department of Tourism has lauded the airport for winning such a special award.
“With Mactan being the busiest international airport in the Philippines, this architecturally astounding building serves as an important gateway to the Philippines,” said the DOT.
It added that among the assets of the airport include its innovative use of locally-sourced as well as foreign materials, simple elegance, as well as its oneness with the surroundings.
It went on to say that the openness and brightness of the space represent the welcoming nature of Filipinos. On top of that, the roof of the building symbolizes the ocean and the expansive and exposed the internal structure of the building represents one of the hulls of a boat.
The Integrated Design Associates, a Hong Kong-based company, designed the building. There was also support from Budji+Royal and Kenneth Cobonpue.
It is a project of India’s GMR Group and Megawide Corp.