The design for the airport took its inspiration from the stunning landscapes of Vietnam, from staggered rice paddies, to the beauty of the Lotus flower. This created a green and lush terminal with a great roof that rises above the terminal with richness in colour, patterns and quality of light. The new Long Thanh International Airport will provide a capacity of 25 MPPA in Phase 1 and 32 MPPA in Phase 2. Located outside Ho Chi Minh City, the new airport with 340,000m2 area will be connected via road and train.
The terminal is organised in a highly functional manner over two-and-a-half levels, creating an efficient and flexible processor, with connected piers on both sides and in the centre. With a generous Piazza and an efficient traffic forecourt on the landside, rail, bus, coach and parking seamlessly integrates with the Terminal and the wider airport masterplan.
Internally, the “flower petal” columns create a series of vaulted spaces and helps create a sense of directionality through the terminal, from landside to airside. In the same way that a Lotus flower produces different hues of colours and layers, the slatted roof is layered to reveal a play of light, a subtle range of colours from whites to pinks and purples and a discreet geometric pattern.
The gentle curve of the processor creates a focal point in the centre of the terminal and allows for more generous column spacing in the concessions areas. The roof and planning will reinforce passenger flows, whilst enhancing passenger experience with intuitive wayfinding.