Clark Freeport—Luzon International Premier Airport Development Corp., the operator of Clark International Airport, said Wednesday it tapped US architectural and aviation designer Populous to do the interior designs of the new passenger terminal.
“Global design firm Populous is the lead interior designer of the New CRK Passenger Terminal Building,” LIPAD said in a statement.
Populous is an award-winning global design firm specializing in places of mass congregation, including sports and entertainment, arenas and airports. Its notable projects include the upgrading of Kansai Airport in Japan’s second-biggest metropolitan area, Zhuhai International Airport, Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium and the Philippine Arena.
“The vision of Populous for CRK is to create a new terminal that is international in its standards and operations, but local in terms of its materiality and sense of place. The region of Pampanga in which Clark is situated offers a variety of spectacular natural scenery from lava riverbeds to lush green mountains and teal blue volcanic lakes,” Populous said.
Populous said it drew inspiration to select a material palette that nods towards that vibrancy and avoids the neutral, beige palette which afflicts many airports around the world.
“Passenger experience is at the heart of the design and it will offer a fresh new experience each time someone visits,” the design firm said.
Populous is working with Casas+Architects, the local architect, on the project. As one of the top architectural design firms in the country, Casas+Architects is behind many of the iconic structures that dot the Manila skyline, including the tallest building in the country, the Grand Hyatt Manila in Bonifacio Global City.
The new CRK Passenger Terminal Building is expected to be operational by 2021, a year after turn-over of the building shell, which is being constructed by Megawide-GMR Construction Joint Venture and is 99-percent percent complete.
LIPAD Corp. is a special purpose company established to manage the operations and maintenance of Clark Airport. The members of LIPAD Corp. are Filinvest Development Corp., JG Summit Holdings Inc., Philippine Airport Ground Support Solutions Inc. and Changi Airports Philippines (I) Pte. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Changi Airports International.
The consortium members have vast experience in airport operations, air transportation and property development. LIPAD Corp. committed to bring in this expertise to transform Clark International Airport to a world-class airport.