Kunming Changshui International Airport
Beijing Institute of Architectural Design
The Kunming Changshui International Airport is the fourth addition to Chinese national level air hubs that link China with South and Southeast Asia, and Asia with Europe. This 548,000 m2 hub features 84 parking bays for air crafts and is expected to have flown 38 million passengers by 2020 and 65 million by 2040.
Due to the design of the building’s elaborate cornices, architects at the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design required a durable and customizable facade that would also provide insulation to the large airport terminal. For these reasons, architects specified 70,000 m2 of golden QC25, SW50, and 3mm Perforated Single-skin Aluminum QuadroClad panels by Hunter Douglas. Hunter Douglas worked closely with architects to ensure the timely completion of the Kunming Airport that will replace the old Wujiaba Airport, which was beginning to show signs of stress due its location on a low lying area. Completed in July of 2011, the Kunming Changshui International Airport took over flight operations from Wujiaba in January of 2012 and now hosts representatives from more than 15 international airlines.
Kunming Changshui International Airport, China’s first Green airport, has the largest terminal area in China. The structure is the largest earth and stone building project. Kunming Changshui International Airport is the Hunter Douglas Contract 2011 Project of the Year Award winner for Asia.