If airports became the most emblematic representation of non-places, where one can experience everywhere the same grandiose architecture of being nowhere, we enthusiastically saw the occasion to challenge this fact and set new standards with the project to design the outdoor spaces of the Cam Ranh International Airport. The airport welcomes more than 4.8 million visitors per year to the region of Nha Trang, known for its peaceful resorts and beaches. The new passengers terminal, designed by Singapore-based CPG, will allow to double this capacity.
Exceptionality of the project: it stands as one of the first airports in the world to have commissioned a proper landscape design for their outdoor spaces. On a 10-hectare large site, different volumes greet arriving passengers at three different scales: from the landing airplane, the car driving to the parking lot, or as a pedestrian walking to the terminal, one can appreciate original shapes that start conveying the enchanting climate of the Khanh Hoa Province.
▼公共空间位于航站楼前方，the public space is located in front of the terminal
The most unique part of this project is yet the one dedicated to pedestrians. Focusing on the small scale of the human experience, we designed a proper public space in front of the terminal: as people come and go to the airport, a generous, welcoming open space offers them to have a first contact with Cam Ranh, to wait, chat or say goodbye in a relaxed atmosphere.
▼一个宽敞、友好而开放的区域，a generous, welcoming open space
Large curvy shapes are arranged over the space in a seemingly random configuration, creating a very permeable space. In fact, while the airport is expected to receive 8 million passengers a year, the design gives full priority to circulation flows, but it also retains pockets of space for people evolving at different rhythms to coexist.
▼流线型体量形成一个高度通透的空间，large curvy shapes create a very permeable space
▼设计保证了良好的流通性， the design gives full priority to circulation flows
The shapes are seating and shading structures made of bamboo and metal, and planted areas. The shades are placed over the seating blocks in a mismatched manner, always leaving parts of the benches out in the sun. In and out all the time, the patterns create a ‘sense of wrongness’ that forces people to see, search for the right spot and appreciate the design. From playfulness, interaction between people and places can happen.
▼遮阳结构与花池相结合，shading structures were combined with planted areas
▼阴影与座位并不完全重合，the shades are placed over the seating blocks in a mismatched manner
Following similar considerations of functionality and generosity of space, a path extends the spirit from the terminal’s entrance to the motorbike parking with a selection of sea-side plants.
▼花园路径，the path with plants
While fully respecting infrastructure and transport requirements, Cam Ranh’s outdoor space breaks away from the monotony of airport design traditions and shows a care to make good and enjoyable places for people…
▼从户外空间望向停车场，view to the parking lot from the outdoor space
Project name: Cam Ranh International Airport
Design year & Completion Year: 2018-2018
Design: Landscape Design
Company official name: LJ-Asia
Contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Leader designer & Team: Pedro Pedalino, Daniel Alonso, LJ-Asia
Project location: Cam Ranh, Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam
Landscape Area: 23,000 m2
Photo credits: Brice Godard