Incheon International Airport
Seoul, South Korea5,935,000 sf / 551,000 smCompletion 2001
Four historic gates in Seoul—the original entrances to the 2,000-year-old walled capital city—became the primary inspiration for a twenty-first century gateway for South Korea.
Number of gates at Incheon International Airport
Number of levels at Incheon International Airport
We embarked on an immersive process of understanding local patterns and history, which led to architecture that is infused with place. The Great Hall’s catenary curve ceiling, formed by a cord suspended between two points, is a distinctly Korean gesture that merges history with technology. The curve became a thematic refrain, repeated and reinterpreted throughout the aluminum and glass structure.
Panoramic curved glass walls allow generous natural light to nurture extensive interior gardens. Areas designed for performances and cultural exhibitions humanize and add warmth to the terminal, belying its enormous scale. Intimate gardens, stands of bamboo and subtle references to traditional forms coexist with elements reflective of the country’s hyper-modern present, creating an evocative expression of the Korean ethos to serve the 62 million passengers who pass through Incheon’s gates each year.