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Pride of Taiwan’s Gateway: TTIA T3 Design Competition Winner Unveiled

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On October 30 the stage 2 selection of a final winner has been concluded for the high-profile Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Terminal 3 Area International Design Competition. The first-prize-winning team comprises esteemed CECI Engineering Consultants from Taiwan and world-famous Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners from U.K. as well as Ove Arup and Partners Hong Kong Limited and Fei & Cheng Associates. They won the favor of the jury with their outstanding and innovative planning and design and highly efficient circulation. The most compelling feature of their design is an interior experience that fluctuates and moves up and down to reflect changes in the users. The public also got a chance to see the model of the first-prize winner for the first time, after much anticipation. The project will shine on the global stage as Taiwan’s new national gateway when the construction completes in 2020.

As is noted by David Fei, President & CEO of Taoyuan International Airport Corporation, the unveiling of the T3 international competition first prize is a historical milestone. This is because the project is the largest single investment following Taiwan’s 10 Major Construction Projects, as well as a flagship among the 12 iTaiwan Construction Projects, with a total budget reaching 74.6 billion NTD. Buildings to be constructed under the project will comprise Terminal 3, boarding gates, concourses and the Multi Function Building (MFB), while the infrastructure will further include a network of service roads, aprons, taxiways, an Automatic People Mover (APM) system and access roads. The project will not only drive the local economy but also turn Taoyuan Airport into a hub in East Asia. The new Mega-Terminal, absorbing design ideas of being ‘smart, green and cultural’, will combine Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 to transform into a smart and sustainable airport, with functions of tourism, shopping, culture, art and technologies. It will create brand new travel experiences for passengers and become the pride of all Taiwanese people.

Mr. Fei also pointed out the significance of the T3 construction project for the airport, for Taoyuan City, and for the future development of Taiwan. The project will not only effectively attract investments in Taiwan to galvanize the Taoyuan Aerotropolis but also inject critical vitality and energy into the local economy. It will also help expand the overall domestic needs, boost Taiwan’s job market, and even enhance investments in the financial and industrial sectors, contributing significantly to our national growth.

In order to ensure fairness and transparency in this international competition, the airport corporation has invited a panel of jurors from four continents including Europe, Asia, America and Africa. The 11 jurors include experts on IT, culture, green energy and airport operations, and for jury chair they have elected Dr. Chu-Joe HSIA, Director of the Graduate Institute of Building and Planning, National Taiwan University.

Furthermore, the airport corporation especially established an ethics platform to ensure that the construction of T3 is not interfered improperly by external influences. Agencies involved in this project, including prosecution, investigation, government ethics, construction, as well as contractors, signed an anti-corruption manifesto to expand public engagement in supervision and to establish a channel of cooperation between administration and justice. The total transparency demonstrates the determination of the airport corporation to complete this project under the principles of fairness, justice and openness, while serving as a role model of ‘probity, efficiency, professionalism, and safety, in public construction.

CECI, the first-prize winner, comes with a strong track record. Fei & Cheng Associates also enjoys great reputation. The RSHP team and Ove Arup and Partners Hong Kong Limited are also highly regarded around the world. The RSHP team’s best-known projects include Heathrow T5 in London, Barajas Airport T4 in Madrid, while Fei & Cheng Associates is noted for the projects of Taipei Performing Arts Center and the New Keelung Harbor Service Building. The first-prize proposal will be displayed shortly at Taoyuan Airport T2 and CKS Memorial in Taipei. A seminar will also be held to discuss this piece. Everyone interested is cordially invited to these events.

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