Mactan Cebu International Airport wins World Architecture award

  • The Mactan Cebu International Airport bagged the award for the World Architecture festival’s Completed Buildings-Transport category
  • According to the judges, the airport had a “simple and elegant” design and used locally made products
  • The Department of Tourism expressed their support and appreciation for the recognition

The Mactan Cebu International Airport has won a World Architecture award.

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The Philippines’ Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal 2 has beaten other foreign transport stations to bag the World Architecture festival’s Completed Buildings-Transport category. MCIA has even edged out other popular airports such as Singapore’s Jewel Changi Airport, Hong Kong West Kowloon Station, Sydney Australia’s Barangaroo Ferry Wharf, and several other structures.

MCIA described their design to be a collaborative effort between designers from Hong Kong and Philippines. “The architecture of Terminal 2 was designed by multi-awarded firm Integrated Design Associates (IDA) Hong Kong and its Principal Architect, Winston Shu, in collaboration with world-class Filipino designers,” they said.

The airport’s high and intricate timber arches and impressive floor-to-ceiling glass panels were conceptualized by world-famous Cebuano furniture-maker Kenneth Cobonpue. GMR-Megawide, a Filipino-Indian consortium, built the 65,500-square meter facility.

According to the judges at the World Architecture Festival, the MCIA was described as “simple and elegant” and made use of many locally sourced materials.

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The judges note added, “The internal spaces are light and uncluttered and the design is capable of future extension. It is clearly popular with the local community and this established a memorable travel experiences.”

Meanwhile, the Department of Tourism lauded the award and shared in a statement how proud they are of the said Philippine airport.

“The Department of Tourism (DOT) extends its congratulations to the team behind the Mactan Cebu International Airport Terminal 2 as it reaped its latest accolade, taking the top prize in the Completed Buildings-Transport Category at the World Architecture Festival,” the said.

“With Mactan being the second busiest international airport in the Philippines, this architecturally astounding building serves as an important gateway to the Philippines,”DoT’s statement added.

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