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PROJECT / TERMINAL 3, SHENZHEN BAO’AN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, CHINA

PAPER LANTERN Alongside architects Studio Fuksas, Speirs + Major developed the lighting concept to transform the roof of Shenzhen’s new airport terminal into a three dimensional lantern with functional light concealed from view. Shenzhen is the fastest growing city in one of the fastest growing countries in the world. In need of a new terminal to cope with increasing demand at its airport, a design competition was held. In October 2008, winners Studio Fuksas were tasked with the challenge of creating a new 24-hour travel hub that would handle the projected 45 million passengers per year. Speirs + Major, backed by an ever-growing pedigree in lighting for aviation projects, were approached to design the light for the public areas. Their focus lay in creating the right balance between the pragmatic – light that aids the passenger journey to and from road to air – and the spectacular - revealing the form and enhancing the image of the iconic design. Following a remarkably rapid three year construction phase, the stunning new terminal opened in November 2013. Appearing to hover in its lagoon setting, the building

features a unique undulating double skin roof wrapped around the 1.5km long building, punctuated by thousands of hexagonal shaped skylights. These skylights allow for natural daylight to filter through into the entire terminal, creating a myriad of patterns of light and shadow that animate the interior surfaces. The honeycomb motif used in the roof is repeated internally on surfaces, with the lighting effect enhanced by a largely white and reflective stainless steel palette. The lighting design of the interior is as carefully considered as the exterior is innovative, reflecting a deep understanding of the journey that travelers make coming to and from the airport. The balance of movement and pause, speedy processing times, minimal walking distances and clear orientation are all essential elements to a successful and enjoyable passenger experience. With the airport constantly in operation, the

design of the lighting required consideration of all these elements over a complete 24-hour cycle, balancing the natural and artificial lighting conditions to best effect. Throughout the project, Speirs + Major maintained close coordination with the design architect and local delivery teams to develop the details. It is this level of attention that has resulted in lighting that is so fully integrated into the architecture it appears to be effortless. Most importantly, there is no triumph of style over substance here – for while it certainly ticks the box marked spectacular, the lighting also fully fulfils its functional brief to support the passenger experience. Keith Bradshaw, Principal, explains: “The remote delivery of a 500,000sqm high quality project will always present a challenge – for which skill, determination and strong design principles and process are pre-requisites. In approaching the project, we made

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