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Banaue Terraces-inspired design for New NAIA 1 unveiled

The 8th Wonder of the World design will unfold soon in the New NAIA 1. This rice terraces design in an airport is a fresh concept that REBPH recognizes.

Engineering and infrastructure firm Megawide today (Dec 11) revealed details of its Banaue Rice Terraces -inspired architectural design for the P109 billion rehabilitation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 (T1).

“We’re not just rehabilitating an airport, we’re creating a new symbol for the country,” declated Louie Ferrer, Megawide Executive Director for Infrastructure Development.

Megawide proposed to rehabilitate NAIA with partner GMR Infrastructure Ltd (GMR).

The Banaue Rice Terraces is a national heritage landmark and the 8th Wonder of the World built over 2,000 years ago.

Hence, the central landscape of the rehabilitared NAIA will be called the “Hagdan” (“Steps”), a sunken garden reminiscent of the terraces.

The terraces design will be continued in the upper levels of the new parking and commercial building in front of the existing terminal desgined by National Artist Leandro Locsin.

The landscape and new building is envisioned as a dedicated area for well-wishers and passengers waiting for their flights.

“Most areas for well-wishers in airports are highly perfunctory,” Ferrer noted.

“Our intent is to create a dedicated, enjoyable space where people can relax while waiting for connecting flights or arriving passengers, and where departing passengers can spend more time with their loved ones.”

The communal concept is similar to the Airport Village at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Terminal 1, commissioned in January, 2020.

A transparent canopy will connect the existing and the new buildings, providing protection from the elements.

The canopy’s latticed wooden detail will be patterned after Filipino weaving, accentuating the multi-level walkways linking the two buildings.

This new feature is designed by Integrated Design Associates (IDA) Hong Kong, the same architectural firm that designed the MCIA Terminal 2 and the new Clark International Airport Passenger Terminal Building.

Originally designed to handle 30 million passengers per year, NAIA handled 48 million in 2019.

MEGAWIDE GMR’s proposal will increase NAIA’s current capacity of 30 million to 65 million passengers per annum over a strategic and phased approach.

Terminals 1-3 will see improvements, particularly in the first phases of the concession, allowing passengers to have efficient use of facilities, faster transaction, with better dining and retail experience.

All three terminals will be rehabilitated within the first phase, including reconfiguration of check-in, expansion of dining and retail areas, and improvements in the baggage handling systems.

Enhanced security areas and bathroom renovations will be prioritized.

Canopies will be installed in the parking facility open areas to allow people to move seamlessly, and the drainage system will be fixed to prevent flooding.

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Article and Photo originally posted by Manila Bulletin last December 11, 2020 4:43pm and written by Emmie V. Abadilla. Minor edits have been made by REBPH to cater to its own readers.

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