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Will Cambodia’s Newest Airport be the Greenest in the World?

Will Cambodia’s Newest Airport be the Greenest in the World?
14 February 2024

Techo International Airport in Cambodia is hoping to become one of the greenest airports in the world.


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In Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, Foster + Partners is making progress on its Techo International Airport masterplan, releasing new CGIs of the project. 

Inspired by Cambodia’s history and built heritage, the site is aesthetically pleasing and responds to the tropical climate. A vast roof canopy stretches from the drop-off to the airside, providing shelter from the heat. The roof features a steel grid shell, with a reactive screen to filter out daylight. 

This roof, supported by structural trees spanning 36 metres, is “an expression of lightness and inherent modularity, serving as a symbolic gateway for every traveller’s journey,” according to Nikolai Malsch, Senior Partner at Foster + Partners.

The terminal features biophilic design elements, with mature trees rising through the central void. It will be powered almost entirely by an onsite photovoltaic farm.



Picture: a CGI showing the main terminal, with its innovative canopy roof. Image Credit: Foster + Partners


The first phase of the airport terminal includes the central head house, housing passenger processing, security, immigration, and retail and the aerofoil wings to the north, accommodating up to 13 million passengers a year. The following phases will include a second aerofoil wing, accommodating 30 million passengers.

Picture: a CGI showing the airport exterior, showing extensive green spaces and a warm-toned roof. Image Credit: Foster + Partners

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 14 February 2024


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