Editor’s pickMactan-Cebu International Airport showcases an impressive column-free terminal held up by glulam beams

Cebu,wood construction

The Philippines’ second largest airport is possibly the first in Southeast Asia to use engineered wood for its new terminal building.

The most impressive feature of Cebu’s second terminal is the dramatic roof structure made of glulam beams. Image credit: GMR- MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation.

Blessed with warm sunshine and peanut buttery beaches, it is no wonder Cebu receives so many visitors a year. Airport authorities expect passenger arrivals to hit 10 million by the end of 2017, a 12 per cent jump from 2016.

To cope with increasing air traffic, the Filipino city is upgrading the existing terminal and building a second one, making it the second largest airport in the country.

Construction of Terminal 2 is now underway and expected to complete in June 2018.

The most impressive feature of the new terminal is the dramatic roof structure made of glue-laminated timber beams. The arches span every 30 metres, which enables Terminal 2 to be as column-free as possible. The internal spaces are enclosed by a light and transparent glazed façade. The arch façade is 15 metres tall and is accentuated by vertical U channels. With sleek, elegant curves, the undulating roof is reminiscent of the waves of the seas around Mactan Cebu Island.

Construction is already in full swing and expected to complete in June 2018. The new terminal, spanning 65,500sqm, will increase passenger capacity to 12.5 million.

Hong Kong-based Integrated Design Associates (IDA) forms part of MCIA Terminal 2’s design team. IDA is working in tandem with Budji Layug, Royal Pineda and Kenneth Cobunpue on the design and look-and-feel of the new terminal. Envisioned with a unique design that demonstrates the warmth and friendliness of the local culture, the project is set to transform the local airport into a world-class facility with a welcoming ambiance that is distinctly Filipino.


This article was first published in Wood in Architecture Issue 1/2018