TAPEI, TAIWAN, 2003
The international air system is a place apart. This “space of flows” handles the movement of over a billion people a year and represents, in many ways, the cultural future of the planet. It is a place that enables human contact undreamed of until recent times, a planetary common ground. But the air system also embodies much that is less happy: extreme levels of surveillance, a generic quality that frustrates any sense of place or locality, the feeling of being part of a mindless herd.
Great airports – like Chep Lap Kok or Dulles – are those that both maximize comfort and convenience and that offer powerful architectural experiences. In the replacement of Terminal One, it is our ambition is to create a marvelous work of architecture that restores the pleasures of air travel while simultaneously offering new levels of efficiency, comfort, and environmental responsibility.
Credits: Michael Sorkin, Makoto Okazaki, Mirai Morita, Diego Wisnivesky