Subang SkyPark, Selangor

Architect: SDA

On the site of the former Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah airport (Kuala Lumpur’s original principle airport), Subang Skypark is now a regional alternative to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), providing passenger services for national, international and private flights, and accommodates approximately 1.5million passengers annually.

Revitalising the original Terminal 3 building required the transformation of what was a very basic existing portal frame warehouse type building.

The architectural language developed is intended to be the first stage of a planned future development, culminating in the cohesive master plan of a regional road-rail-air transport hub.

The existing building was enveloped in a new skin of composite aluminium panels giving it a simple streamlined shape. Early completion of this layer allowed other contractual works to proceed behind its protection, its bulging form giving the terminal a distinctive presence whilst providing space to conceal mechanical and electrical installations without compromising interior space.

Continuing an aeronautical aesthetic theme, the extensive twenty metres clear-span canopy which covers the entire length of the check-in hall is a protective wing under which passengers and meeters and greeters arrive and depart from the terminal, its section form takes inspiration from the trajectory of a departing aircraft.

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