What a Shigeru Ban airport looks like on day one
Fascinating sketches reveal thinking behind architect's new tea plantation-inspired Mount Fuji airport design
Like your local high street you can't get through any airport without running an intricate course of coffee shops eagre to caffeineate you on your way to wherever you're going. (Which is fine by us).
However, a new design by Shigeru Ban (check out our book with him here) is inspired by the shape of tea plantations that can be found around Mount Fuji, the site of Ban's proposed Mount Fuji Shizuoka Airport.
The Japanese architect's winning design for the airport terminal features a novel, green barrel, roof design that mirrors the existing flora of the site as it stands today. The interior of the airport is classic Shigeru Ban with a twisted, laminated wooden vaulted latticework design that references aviation themes while creating an intimate, tactile space.
Airport consultants BANJAC are working alongside Ban whose design comprises a two-storey volume with leafy indoor foliage affording lots of natural diffused light for those drinking tea, and perhaps the odd cup of coffee, below.
You can check out the early projects that led Ban to cutting edge projects such as these in our book with him. And you should check out his practice page in our online Atlas which features 11 great projects by Shigeru Ban Architects and is an invaluable resource for those working in the architectural community, students and those who want to get a greater understanding of some of the best new architecture in the world.