GUANGZHOU BAIYUN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Guangzhou, China

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is designed to be the greenest airport in the world, setting new standards in term of sustainable airport development. Travellers experience a daylit, naturally ventilated Terminal 3 where vegetation and wooden structures provide pleasant views. While working for Urban Systems Design as Environmental Consultants, our Founding Partners supported the development of the sustainability strategies with focus on thermal comfort and human experience.

 

The architectural concept interprets the roof as breathing envelope, transforming into ‘vertical funnels’ allowing light into the deepest floorplates while being opaque enough (on average around 75%) to avoid overheating in summer and minimise heat losses in winter. As the ‘lungs’ of the airport, they additionally draw fresh air into the technical plantrooms and collect enough rainwater for Terminal 3 to be 100% water self-sufficient throughout the year (potable and non-potable water demand). Furthermore, building integrated PV panels generate total power of around 15 GWhr/a, with a peak output of 13MW.

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Typology

Airport

Built

727,000 m2

Value

Confidential

Status

Competition

Our Involvement

Sustainability Strategy at Urban Systems Design

Client

Engineering Construction Headquarter of Guangdong Airport Management Group Co. Ltd.

Project Team

Nordic Architecture

Eckersley O’Callaghan - Facades