Siem Reap International Airport, New Terminal
The design of the airport draws its inspiration from Cambodia’s unique cultural landscape
Pascall+Watson’s competition entry for a new airport terminal at Cambodia’s Siem Reap International Airport drew its inspiration from the rich traditions and landscapes of the surrounding areas.
The terminal was conceived as a series of elegant pavilions, watercourses and ‘streets’ set beneath a light, unifying canopy which seems to float overhead. The canopy is the terminal’s defining feature, resembling the geometric motifs found in the murals of the nearby Khmer temples such as Angkor Wat. Powerful and distinctive at any time, the canopy becomes particularly striking in the hours of darkness as illumination gives the appearance of a glowing field of lush tropical flowers.
Sustainable solutions are employed throughout the scheme significantly reducing the requirement for air conditioning. The canopy incorporates a dramatic rainwater drainage feature which comes in to operation during the monsoon season, creating a series of spectacular internal waterfalls.
Client. NSRIA Co Ltd
Location. Siem Reap, Cambodia
World Architecture Festival 2013, Future Projects Award - Infrastructure, Finalist