Cultural Tradition Dictates Design

Airports have become national landmarks, great civic buildings serving as pivotal service and business centers, and gateways to the nation and the continent. But airports must also be perfect instruments, tuned to passenger comfort and operational...

While the terminal would be a modern building, deploying the latest construction and operational technology, it would echo the great building tradition of the Korean peninsula in its form and materials — with sloping roofs, compositional axial symmetry, traditional patterns of Korean retail street life, and displays of Korean artifacts and art, and employing steel, wood, and concrete.

Drawing on a vocabulary of forms and spaces in the tradition of Korean architecture, the airport would be endowed with generous daylight throughout, and would be a significant, contemporary design, capturing the spirit of Korea.

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