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  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport by Fentress Architects
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport by Fentress Architects
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport by Fentress Architects
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport by Fentress Architects
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport by Fentress Architects
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport by Fentress Architects

Raleigh-Durham International Airport

Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, USA920,000 sfCompletion 2011

Inspiration for a new terminal for the growing Research Triangle Park community came from seemingly opposite sources: the traditions of textiles and furniture-making and the innovation of high-tech research. This combination of ‘hand-made’ and ‘mind-made’ are reflected throughout the airport’s architecture. Curbside canopies evoke the textile machinery of North Carolina’s economic history. Rolling roof forms pay tribute to the Piedmont’s undulating hills. The ceiling’s long-span lenticular laminated trusses echo the state’s craft industries, while tension cable connections signal the area’s forward-looking culture. 

As the world’s first major airport with a wood truss structure, Terminal 2 offers southern hospitality with a warm, inviting passenger experience. Our studio’s ingrained philosophy of passenger convenience resulted in an island configuration for the terminal, which eases congestion and allows maximum flexibility for future check-in and security configurations.

Terminal 2 at RDU was honored as the world’s best in “Notable Regional Airport Development” by Passenger Terminal World.