South Korea’s Incheon Airport is consistently ranked the world’s best by the Airports Council International. Expansion to accommodate future growth is underway in a multi-year plan begun about a year ago. Designed by architecture firm Gensler and HMGY Consortium, the designs for Terminal 2 include a fully sustainable city within the airport.
The terminal itself will take the shape of a Bonghwang (Korean Phoenix,), a mythical creature of Korean culture renowned for its authority, longevity, strength and balance. The terminal will incorporate Korean design patterns representing Korean culture and traditions.
The design emphasizes certain principles.
• Energy efficiency – featuring optimized natural ventilation and lighting (such as huge skylights that eliminate the need for a lot of artificial light,) large-scale installation of photovoltaic cells.
• Diverse landscaping – including waterfalls, a koi pond and acres of lush gardens. The plants along with fauna such as the aviary will reduce air-conditioning and ventilation costs.
• Buy local – the new terminal and facilities will be built using locally sourced materials including locally quarried granite and wood harvested in the region for traditional Korean wood flooring.
Consumer features will include a revamped luxury retail district and lounge areas, a sculpture garden and exhibition areas.
Along with creating a functional example of a high volume public institution run on the principles of sustainability, the architects hope that Terminal 2’s features will inspire and educate the millions of passengers who pass through Incheon every year.
Construction began in September 2013 and is anticipated to be completed by fall 2016, in time for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.
Incorporating Sustainable Principles
Green building and green operations mean taking those foundational principles into account at every juncture, and at Limoneira, that’s something we’ve believed in from the beginning of our history as a company. Energy efficiency (including the use of photovoltaic cells in our solar orchard,) water conservation and management and respecting the local environment – these are all important parts of our operations.