Taoyuan International Airport Terminal 3

  • Upon completion in 2020, the new terminal is expected to cater for a huge 45 million passengers a year
  • An impressive wave-like roof with a dynamic ceiling creates a series of unique interior space designed for different purposes.
  • Inverted arrangement of departures over arrivals provides a smooth travel experience

Taoyuan International Airport is the largest airport in Taiwan and the eleventh busiest in the world.  Terminal 3 is one of the airport’s major expansion projects in response to the rapid growth in passenger volume and economic activities in the Asia-Pacific region.

The new terminal is located between Terminal 2 and the China Airline Headquarters, with a project area of
640,000 m2. It will be developed as a sustainable and intelligent airport, with comprehensive facilities encompassing functions to tourism, shopping, culture and arts to provide a new creative travel experiences.

Arup, in joint venture with British architect Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Taiwan engineering firm CECI and architect FCA, will provide a full range of services including airport planning, structural engineering, building services, façade design, building sustainability, fire engineering, aviation fuel, lighting and acoustics.

The design is inspired by Taiwan’s beautiful landscape and surrounding sea and its natural rhythm and life which combine to create a series of unique interior spaces designed for their individual purposes all protected beneath an elegant hard shell roof. The main roof structure is supported by a series of four-legged towers, called ‘banyan columns’ along the spine of the building. The freedom of planning within the building is analogous to the earth on which it sits. The ceiling, a soft malleable surface, is of the sky with clouds that roll around and over a landscape of internal building functions, shaping the spaces over which it passes.

Our proposal inverts the traditional arrangement of departures over arrivals. It sets the ceiling free from the roof above which gives a spatial experience and level of service unequalled in airport terminal design anywhere in the world. This terminal will be of the highest quality and uniquely identifiable as the gateway to Taiwan which will make it a joy for passengers to use, and a world-class hub in East Asia.

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    An impressive wave-like roof with a dynamic ceiling creates a series of unique interior space designed for different purposes
    © CECI/RSHP/Arup/FCA

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    The new terminal is one of the airport’s major expansion projects in response to the rapid growth in passenger volume and economic activities
    © CECI/RSHP/Arup/FCA