The dynamic shift of air travel has seen the growth of low-cost carriers in recent years. This is in tandem with the steadily rising number of air passengers using low-cost carriers in Malaysia and across the region. Fuelled by this growth, as well as to replace the temporary and under-capacity of the existing Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Sepang, a design competition was held in 2009 to search for the best architectural scheme for a new LCCT.
To be dubbed as the world’s first purposely-built and largest LCCT, the new terminal will cater up to 45 million passengers annually, to be connected seamlessly and complemented the main terminal building of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Located on the western fringe of the main terminal building, the proposed terminal building will be part and parcel of the greater master plan known as KLIA Aeropolis, the future airport city plan envisioned by the airport operator, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad.
NRY Architects has proposed a simple and recognisable design with a dynamic form that grants a bold new image for the terminal building as the design competition entry. The design integrates the modular engineering structures with fluid forms derived from aerodynamic shapes that signify speed, movement, and flight.
The fluidity of aerodynamic has been translated into a large sweep of undulating roof form, with skylight detailings near the entrance gallery. The main terminal building is later branched into the three main parallel piers where aircraft aprons are located.