backarrowMactan-Cebu Airport receives back-to-back international recognitions in architecture and design

JULY 12, 2019

Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu – The country’s friendliest resort airport, Mactan-Cebu International Airport, was recently recognized by two international awards-giving bodies in architecture for the design of Terminal 2, its international terminal. Terminal 2 was designed by renowned architectural firm Integrated Design Associates Hong Kong. Terminal 2 opened in July last year.

“MCIA continues to be recognized globally not only because it embodies our positioning as a Filipino resort airport, but also because its design and quality of engineering allows us to deliver world-class service and operations,” said Louie Ferrer, President GMR MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC), the airport’s private developer.

Last year, MCIA received three awards, one of which was Asia Pacific Medium Airport of the Year during the CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence ceremony, one of the most respected awards in the airport and aviation industry

2019 International Architecture Awards, Airports and Transportation Centers Category

MCIA Terminal 2 was one of the winners in the 2019 International Architecture Awards in the Airports and Transportation Centers category. Two international airports made this year’s cut, with MCIA Terminal 2 sharing the stage with the Incheon International Airport Terminal 2 expansion.

The International Architecture Awards are organized each year by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, together with The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and Metropolitan Arts Press, Ltd. It recognizes significant architecture and urbanism projects from around the world.

2019 World Architecture Festival Awards Shortlist, Completed Buildings – Transport Category

Terminal 2 was also shortlisted for the upcoming World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam, one of the preeminent architecture events globally. MCIA Terminal 2 will compete with Jewel Changi Airport and the Istanbul Airport during the festival this December.

The Cabin Bar wins Airport Bar of the Year at the Airport FAB Awards

Terminal 2’s airport bar The Cabin Bar by London-based travel F&B operator SSP was also recently named Asia Pacific Airport Bar of the Year in the Airport Food and Beverage (FAB) Awards held in Dallas, Texas. The awards recognize the best in travel food and beverage worldwide. The Cabin Bar is the first ever full bar operating inside an airport in the Philippines.

Upcoming Airport Village to further enhance passenger experience

This year, the first phase of renovations to the domestic terminal, Terminal 1, will be delivered by the 3rd quarter of this year. With its own adapted resort-theme design, Terminal 1 will feature the much-awaited Airport Village, a brand new retail and F&B area for the enjoyment of passengers.

“We are continuing the transformation of MCIA this year with the renovations to Terminal 1 and the upcoming launch of our new Airport Village, which is scheduled to open in the coming months,” said Ferrer. “It will feature world-class local and international brands in retail and F&B, and will provide a whole new level of dining and shopping experience for our passengers and their well-wishers.” #

Terminal 2 Design Highlights

Terminal 2’s most iconic feature is its undulating roof structure made entirely of gluedlaminated timber, or glulam, from Austria. It is the first airport in Asia with a roof structure made entirely of Glulam. Three-layer glass panels surround the terminal to keep the heat out during the daytime and minimize any external noise from aircraft.

The resort ambience is pervasive throughout the terminal, with wooden details even in retail and F&B areas.

Terminal 2’s food and beverage selections are operated by renowned London-based travel F&B operator SSP.