After four years of design and construction, a new terminal at Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) was opened in June. Hong Kong-based Integrated Design Associates (IDA) were architects and interior designers with Arup providing multidisciplinary services – including aviation planning, airfield engineering design, transport planning, and bridges, civil, electrical, façade, fire, highways, mechanical, and structural engineering.
The new terminal has been affectionately referred to as the World's First Resort Airport Terminal
As the second largest airport in the Philippines, MCIA has been undergoing a two-phase transformation. Central to this transformation plan is the new Terminal 2, a three-storey building of 65,500sqm (700,000sqf) featuring an 18m-tall arched glulam (glued laminated) timber roof whose undulations are reminiscent of the waves around Mactan Island. The design takes inspiration from the architecture of the tropics and resort style and affectionately referred to as the 'World's First Resort Airport Terminal' by GMCAC, the airport operator. This can be seen through the use of structural timber as its main element for creating the large span roof, and the rattan furniture and fittings of Cebu's local art and crafts.
Designed in a modular fashion for future expansion, the airport is designed to handle 15.8 million passengers per year in Phase 1 with onward expansion to 28.3 million passengers in Phase 2. The enhancement works at Mactan-Cebu also include a major refresh of the existing Terminal 1, reconstruction of the existing apron and four main taxiways, and wholesale upgrade and expansion of the landside facilities and road network.
Mactan-Cebu International Airport has already received accolades including the Asia Property Awards 2018 – Special Recognition for Public Facility, Kohler Bold Design Awards 2017 – Winner, Hong Kong Green Building Award 2016 – Finalist, and Autodesk BIM Awards 2016 – Merit Prize.