Layug/Cobonpue /Pineda collaborate with Locsin in Naia makeover

The design plan should make the airport experience no longer intolerable


AERIAL view of the proposed design of Naia Terminal 1

It is good news that the P2.8-billion rehabilitation of Naia Terminal 1 is finally underway, according Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya (see Business section, page B1, June 20, 2013).

What’s even better news is that the project will be a powerful collaboration of the country’s foremost design and architecture talents.

The Leandro Locsin architecture firm led by Andy Locsin and the Budji+Royal Pineda Design firm and world-renowned designer Kenneth Cobonpue will make over the Naia Terminal 1 to make it, if not up to par with airports in the region, at least user-friendly—and to make it a better representation  of the modern and progressive Filipino. The airport, after all, is the visitor’s first glimpse of the Philippines.

Cobonpue/Layug/Pineda will handle the design concept, and Locsin, the architecture.

WITH design concept by Budji+Royal Pineda Design and Kenneth Cobonpue, and architecture by Leandro Locsin firm, the Naia 1 will have more lanes for vehicles, bridgeway connecting to multilevel parking, and more greeters’ areas.

Given that powerhouse team, the changes, apparently, will go beyond the cosmetic, and should give Naia 1 a new lease on life, even as there are other international airports operating in Luzon.

A priority is how to lessen the congestion in the entry and exit points. The human and vehicular traffic is what makes going to the old Naia 1 insufferable.

The design plan calls for a four-lane driveway for a smoother traffic flow.

Another priority is the greeters’ area—given that in the Filipino culture, the departure and arrival of loved ones become a community or a barangay outing.

There will be four exit points to pick-up bays for convenience and security. There will be ample and comfortable seating for greeters.

AL FRESCO dining will be looking over the tropical garden.

An air-conditioned bridgeway will connect the terminal to multilevel parking structure. There will be three floors of parking, with a roof deck. There will also be a multilevel Duty Free Shopping center.

And—this is so contemporary lifestyle—al fresco dining will be looking over  the tropical garden.

The aim is, as Secretary Abaya said, to create an “aha” passenger experience.

We may not have the “buck” of a Singapore or a Hong Kong, but we have the biggest “bang” where Filipino talent is concerned.

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  • NoWorryBHappy

    The airport, after all, is the visitor’s first glimpse of the Philippines.
    AHA !
    Tanggalin ang mga ISKWATER na nakapaligid sa NAIA.
    They are an eye-sore.
    That will also remove the stink that greets the passengers when the winds start to blow. The stink is definitely not user-friendly. It’s not rocket science.
    You don’t need a powerhouse team to know that.
    You already don’t have the buck of a Singapore or Hong Kong.
    But you don’t need the biggest bang to know that the squatter colony beside NAIA stinks. Abaya should get out of his air-conditioned room and take a walk around NAIA.

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