With wood arches & LED mood lights, Mactan-Cebu airport in the Philippines looks, and feels, like a resort!

The Mactan-Cebu International Airport is the world’s only resort-themed airport.

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Terminal 2 of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport was recently adjudged a winner at the World Architecture Festival held in Amsterdam, in the ‘Completed Buildings-Transport’ category.
Terminal 2 of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport was recently adjudged a winner at the World Architecture Festival held in Amsterdam, in the ‘Completed Buildings-Transport’ category. The airport beat Singapore’s Changi Airport and Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Station among others to win the award, which is dedicated to the architecture and design industries. Inaugurated in June 2018, it is the world’s only resort-themed airport.

Here are a few unique design elements of the Mactan-Cebu airport:



1. Its most recognisable element is a roof that’s made from wood. It is composed of an array of glulam (glue-laminated) arches from Austria, which form the curvature and define the geometry and modularity of the roof.


2. The arches span every 30 metres, allowing the terminal to be as column-free as possible. The white alpine wood used for the structure has a shelf life of about 200 years but needs a protective coating every 50 years.

3. To give the airport a resort-like ambience, it has polished concrete flooring with a mother-of-pearl inlay that gives one an impression of the white sand beaches in Cebu.

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4. The terminal’s 48 check-in counters (expandable to 72) are embellished with backlit panels and accented by LED mood lights, giving them a resortlike feeling.
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5. The terminal’s link bridge canopy allows sunlight to come in but offers protection from UV rays. The material of the canopy is the same as the one used by NASA for its space vehicles.

6. Inside the washrooms are lush moss walls that help in stabilising humidity as well as improving air quality.

7. The terminal is designed by Hong Kong-based Integrated Design Associates along with local designers.

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