Tuy Hoa_PTB_Phu Yen, Vietnam

The site of the new Passenger Terminal for the existing airport is set close to the sea, presenting a spectacular tropical beach-resort feel to passengers upon their touchdown.

The project, worth VND353 billion (more than USD16.8 million), will include construction of a runway and landing area as well as a new passenger terminal. Aiming to raise the airport’s capacity to be able to handle 300 passengers an hour during peak periods, the project is scheduled to be completed by September 2 next year. Ongoing work is also expected to raised the airport’s capacity to be able to handle more than 850,000 passengers annually by 2020.

Inspired by the conical seashell of the East Sea – which Tuy Hoa is a key gateway to, the main roof of the design comprises a rhythm of vaults, taking the form of a structure rising in a single soaring curve over and beyond the concourse roof, and creating a column-free spacious interior washed with daylight.

The brim of a sweeping semi-circular canopy greets passengers on the landside, which also shelters the ground level driveway. The new Passenger Terminal Building is single storey with a mezzanine Departure Lounge level, and will have centralized security screening checkpoint.

Piling works for the new Passenger Terminal Building will commence by July 2012 and the fast tracked design and development is expected to be completed by 2014. The project to expand Tuy Hoa Airport in the central province of Phu Yen was officially launched during a ceremony held by the Ministry of Transport on February 12, 2012.

The airport at Tuy Hoa will then boast a dynamic, streamlined design, as one more, new and contemporary terminal, located along the air-routes of this geographically elongated country.

Stage I_Design

CPG’s design for our fourth passenger terminal design in Vietnam is located in the South Central Coast city of Tuy Hoa. As is part and parcel of the process of securing such jobs, the team presented three schemes to the client. These consisted of firstly a ‘bird’ profile – a curved roof main terminal building with a winged roof kerbside canopy. The second was a single, flat ‘canopy’ roof, extended over a grid of splayed ‘tree’ columns. The last was a curved profile main terminal building, with the roof and façade as one single, swooping stroke.

The client’s selection of the last of these options called for careful integration of the architectural and structural design development.

The design is characterised by a main hall enclosure supported by a rhythm of vaults, and with a single, swooping curved form arcing over and beyond the concourse roof, it strives to create a column-free, spacious interior awash with daylight. In allowing natural light to permeate from all sides, glare – which usually results when the source of light is only from one side – is reduced. Another set of structural columns incline out at the front towards the kerbside to create a lean-to canopy roof, which extends out to welcome passengers to this terminal building.

The office’s target to use Revit for all new projects presented the ideal opportunity to use it as a 3D design and documentation software here. There was also the client’s schedule – a requirement to complete drawings for tender in 6 weeks, which meant that Detail Design (or Technical Design, as it is referred to in Vietnam) had to be undertaken concurrently with Design Development. Since Revit works well with a higher resolution of detail, it readily kickstarted this compressed process. However, certain design details were still produced using CAD, and new CAD staff on the M&E team also limited the multi-disciplinary use of Revit, but the Revit model was considered to have been quite fully developed, as far as the architectural and structural Design Development of the Terminal was concerned.

Apart from the main roof cum front façade, other key parts of the design were also conceived and developed three-dimensionally, including a louvre screen box-up along the Main Hall rear fascia, which provides the duct route to serve jet nozzle air-conditioning, the Central Landscape Feature with terraced planting, and the floor recess water feature at the main stair going up to the waiting area.

Larger airport terminal jobs will also allow the full coordination potential of Revit to be realized, such as where more complex baggage handling conveyers are running through ceiling space along with large air-conditioning ducts and cable trays and so forth. Nonetheless, Tuy Hoa has still been a good start for the office in adopting Revit, with a Terminal design completed in line with a compressed schedule, and with a closely integrated architectural envelope and structural form.

Stage II_Construction (April2012_Mar2013)
















Jul 2013





And 1st flight came !





About delinevietnam

Founded in 2013 by Ba Duc and Luu Long. [ deline Architecture & Construction ] is an architecture and interior design consulting firm located in Hanoi, Vietnam. Our design mindset does not specialize in a type of project, but more in a set of ways of design thinking that can be applied at many scales. For us, design is all about approach which seemingly intractable problems with the simple thought-process that often counter-intuitive - " ask a right question", "embrace constraint", " go deep", "make hope visible", and " begin anywhere" !
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