Clark International Airport finalist at 2021 Prix Versailles Architecture and Design Awards

The new Terminal Building of Clark International Airport is among the top six finalists in the 2021 World Selection of the Prix Versailles Architecture and Design Awards under the Airport Category.

The new airport combines modern technology and Kapampangan culture. A key highlight is the terminal’s interior, which is based on the surrounding landscape of Central Luzon.

Prix Versailles is a prestigious annual international prize that recognizes the best architecture and design projects in the world.

Six airports, six university campuses, six passenger stations, and six sports facilities from hundreds of projects completed in 2020 are among the finalists included in the 2021 Prix Versailles World Finale.

Among the airports nominated are the Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt, Germany; Athens International Airport, Greece; Hazrat Sultan International Airport, Kazakhstan; New Plymouth Airport, New Zealand, and LaGuardia Airport – Terminal B, New York, United States.

The winning entry will be selected based on the qualities of innovation, creativity, a reflection of local, natural and cultural heritage, and ecological efficiency, as well as the values of social interaction and participation.

According to the French-based organization, the winners will be announced and feted in late November or early December 2021.

“To be nominated by a prestigious award-giving body is already a great honor and pride, not just as part of the DOTr, but also most importantly as a Filipino. This will not be possible without the hard work of our partner agencies, the BCDA, LIPAD, our contractors, and dedicated workers. To regard the Clark International Airport worthy of world recognition is already a huge encouragement for us to keep going and a reassurance that we are on the right track,” Department of Transportation Secretary Art Tugade said in a news release.

The Clark International Airport is a joint project between DOTr and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA). The airport’s newly completed second Passenger Terminal Building is set to be fully operational by September this year. It has a design capacity of 8 million passengers per annum.

Complementing its world-class architectural design is the terminal’s use of new technologies that support a seamless travel experience for passengers and will cement the airport’s position as “Asia’s Next Premier Gateway.” 

Raquel P. Gomez
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