Cam Ranh International Airport
LJ-ASIA: 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.
在一个占地10公顷的大场地上，不同的交通量以三种不同的比例迎接抵达的乘客：从降落的飞机、开车到停车场，或者作为步行到终点站的行人，人们可以欣赏到最初的形状，开始传达出Khanh Hoa省迷人的气候。这个项目中最独特的部分是专门为行人服务的部分。我们专注于小规模的人类体验，在候机楼前设计了一个合适的公共空间：当人们来机场时，一个大方、热情的开放空间让他们第一次接触Cam Ranh，在轻松的氛围中等待、聊天或道别。巨大的曲线形状以一种看似随机的配置排列在空间上，形成了一个非常可渗透的空间。事实上，虽然机场预计每年可接待800万名乘客，但该设计完全优先考虑流通流量，但也保留了一些空间，供人们以不同节奏进化共存。这些形状是由竹子和金属制成的座椅和遮阳结构，以及种植区。遮阳板以不匹配的方式放置在座位上，总是让长椅的一部分暴露在阳光下。在任何时候，这些图案都会产生一种“错误感”，迫使人们去看，去寻找正确的地方，去欣赏设计。从玩乐的角度来看，人与地之间的互动是可能发生的。
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. 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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
Name of the project: Cam Ranh International Airport
Role of the Office in the project: Landscape Designer
Project location: Cam Ranh International Airport, Cam Ranh, Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam
Design year: 2018
Year Built: 2018