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Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) bags award at the World Architectural Festival (WAF)

Writer: Jayzieth Garcia
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Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) won at 2019 World Architectural Festival (WAF) under the Completed Buildings: Transport Category, last December 6, 2019, at Amsterdam, The Netherlands. WAF was dubbed as the world’s largest interactive global architectural awards program and festival in the world.

The structure of Terminal 2 was designed by multi-awarded firm Integrated Design Associates (IDA) Hong Kong and its Principal Architect, Winston Shu, in collaboration with world-class Filipino designers. Budji Royal and and industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue also supported the project.

The judges recognized its simple and elegant structure, as well as its use for many locally-sourced materials. The internal spaces were also described to be “light and uncluttered,” with the design “capable of future extension.” Judges cited that this feature will establish “memorable travel experiences.”

MCIA is located in Lapu-Lapu City in the island’s main urban centre of Metro Cebu. The terminal building is intended to handle up to 12.5 million travelers annually, including tourists visiting the Visayan Islands and the Philippines’ other resort destinations.

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