“Centrair Nagoya is the world's best airport (10-20 million passengers per year) for 2016.”
HOK participated in the planning and design of the airport and led the architectural design of the 40-gate passenger terminal. The airport is on a manmade island off the coast of Tokoname, a suburb of Nagoya.
Patterned after the Japanese art of origami, the terminal is shaped like a long, narrow T, with three piers radiating from a central ticketing hall. This shape reduces walking distances between gates.
The roof structure is composed of a series of folded glass and metal planes accented by natural light. The angles of the exterior walls, ceiling design, exposed linear trusses and skylights work together to create origami shapes.
Interior gardens integrate the landscape into the architecture, serving both as pleasant, daylit green areas and wayfinding elements.
A fourth-level concession area next to the departure hall provides a large event space and an exterior observation deck.
Locating the rail platform between the main arrival and departure halls gives passengers easy connections to the mainland via train, bus, ferry, taxi and car.
The joint venture project team included HOK, Nikken Sekkei, Azusa Sekkei and Ove Arup.
2.33 million sq. ft. / 217,000 sq. m.
Airport Council International (ACI) – Director General’s Roll of Excellence Award
Skytrax – Best Regional Airport Asia Award
Skytrax – World’s Best Airport Award (10-20 million passengers per year)