Terminal 3


Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taiwan, 2015

UNStudio’s design for Terminal 3 of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport was awarded 2nd prize amongst the shortlisted competitors Rogers Stirk Harbour and Fosters + Partners.  Terminal 3 at Taoyuan airport is planned to accommodate 45 million passengers a year. UNStudio’s design challenges the accepted utilitarian approach to airport design in an effort to propose a new global standard for an efficient, sustainable, flexible and innovative terminal model.
The airport typology revisited
With a core team, comprising Bio-Architecture Formosana from Taipei, April Yang Design Studio from Ohio, and a multidisciplinary consultant team - UNStudio reexamines the airport typology through careful analysis of the existing terminals at Taoyuan, whilst anticipating airport operational requirements, infrastructure and the spatial constraints of the site.
Using personal travel experience as a starting point and with ‘place making’ at the central core of the design concept, UNStudio strived to distinguish its design from a generic solution by designing for the users and by creating an interior ecology that is entirely distinct from the look and feel of comparable airports.
The design is characterised by its efficiency, short walking distances and optimised airport functions following the principles of natural wayfinding. A small footprint and enough area for landsite construction allow for a quick building assembly with a prefabrication strategy. All of which contribute to a simple, fast paced, sustainable and effective implementation of the overall design strategy. 


Name: Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Terminal 3 Area
Location: Taoyuan, Taiwan
Date: Competition Phase 1: August 2015
Competition Phase 2: October 2015
Client: Taoyuan Airport Taiwan
Building Area: Terminal 3:  393, 948 m2
MFB: 163, 943 m2
Parking: 156,510 m2
Programme: Airport Terminal, MFB Multifunction Buildings (Office, Hotel, Retail, Cultural), GTC (Parking, Visitor’s Center)
Status: Competition 2nd place


UNStudio:  Ben van Berkel, Caroline Bos, Astrid Piber with Ger Gijzen, Mo Lai, Martin Zangerl, Marc Salemink and Sontaya Bluangtook, Tiia Vahula, Ryszard Rychlicki, Luke Tan, Nick Roberts, Lars van Hoften, Daniele De Benedictis, Samuel Liew, Fan Wang, Angela Huang.
April Yang Design Studio | Airport Planning Architect
BIO Architecture Formosana | Local Executive Architect (Ying Chao Kuo, Ching Hwa Chang)
Taiwan Engineering Consultants Group | Local Executive Engineer
Knippers Helbig | Structure and Façade Consultant
Transsolar | Sustainability
Loos van Vliet | Landscape
Mijksenaar | Way Finding
EC HARRIS | Project Management
ACTM | Commercial Planning
Portland | Commercial Planning
AG Licht | Lighting
MVA Asia | Traffic Consultant
ADPI | Airport Special Systems Consultant
Deerns | MEP HVAC Consultant 
ARCADIS Hyder | MEP HVAC Consultant
ARCADIS Langdon Seah | Cost Consultant
Lea+Elliot | PMS