A new airport project has been unveiled in the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. The current Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) located 10 kilometres west of the city, is currently under capacity to meet the increasing demands of air travelling and the busy air traffic coming to the city.
To address the issue, the Government of Cambodia has rolled out a plan to build a new airport on reclaimed land on lake, located 30 kilometres south of Phnom Penh. With the total planned area of 2,600 hectares, the new airport is set to become the country’s biggest airport and one of the world’s largest airports.
In 2018, NRY Architects had submitted a design and build proposal for the airport. The proposed new airport is an iconic architectural masterpiece to welcome the air traveller into this culturally rich nation of Cambodia. It symbolizes the gracefulness of the local culture and the highly advanced aviation technology by the sleek curved lines presented within the terminal roof and façade features.
Inspired by a traditional Cambodian headdress worn by the traditional Apsara female dancer, the top three points give a cue to the layout of satellite building, while the side headgear frame is represented the two identical half-curved piers of the main terminal building. To be equipped with full facilities that can accommodate up to 40 mid-size aircraft, the new airport is also planned to be the country’s largest transportation hub with an integrated rail link service.