Air travel can be a stressful ordeal, but an airport in Thailand is working to make the process a bit more relaxing.
Thai architect Duangrit Bunnag has revealed his studio’s winning designs for the new terminal in Bangkok Airport, which will feature an elaborate tropical landscape, complete with a rainforest and indoor waterfall.
Bunnag led his architecture practice Duangrit Bunnag Architect Limited (DBALP) in a contest to design the new terminal, put on by the Airports of Thailand committee who invited private firms throughout the country to take part in the competition. However, DBALP was not declared the winner right away. The team was actually runner-up before the original winners, SA Group, were disqualified for failing to provide the required cost quote for their project designs.
The new terminal will be encased in class and comprised of a steel structure supporting timber beams. These beams will be fashioned into a grid pattern overhead, allowing light to filter through and mimicking the same process allowed by the dense canopy of trees in the rainforest.
Perhaps the most fascinating part of the planned construction is the inclusion of a 173,643 sq ft (16,123 sq m) tropical forest between the proposed passenger and commercial buildings, complete with a free flowing waterfall settled amongst the greenery. Passengers and staff alike will be able to enjoy the indoor environment.
In total, the entire terminal is expected to expand the airport floorspace by an additional 3.7 million sq ft (348,000 sq m). While the designs are earning great praise from the public, DBALP and Bunnag himself have also garnered a great deal of attention in the form of controversy.