First impression of what KLIA2 is going to look like


The construction of KLIA2 (Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2) began few years ago when there is a need to replace the existing Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT), situated nearby the state-of-the-art KLIA. The existing low-cost carrier terminal couldn’t handle increasing number of passengers and the demand for a new airport terminal rises to allow further growth of both Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia, the low-cost carrier airline of Malaysia.

(Image above from http://cyrildason.com/2010/08/30/klia2-design-our-new-lcct/..but I think the design has been modified to simpler version)

KLIA2 would be ready for opening a year later as scheduled, and the construction is now underway to bring KLIA2 from proposal into reality on a vast plot of land nearby the existing KLIA. I believe the existing LCCT would be demolished and I strongly agree to the decision of having a new terminal for AirAsia after its collaboration with Malaysia Airlines. The existing LCCT looks more like a low-cost factory building rather than a terminal that also serves international flights. Eventhough it is a low-cost carrier terminal, but the building itself shouldn’t be that ‘low-cost’ as well, but anyway, I believe AirAsia started with very less modal in hand, and so they can only afford to build that factory-like terminal years ago. The old LCCT look: (Image credit: taxilcctairport.com)

Now, after in collaboration with Malaysia Airlines, opportunity is granted to build KLIA2 to cater more flights and passengers as well as to get rid of the dilapidated look of the previous LCCT which is going to give early bad impression of the nation to oversea visitors too. Ahh, only after cooperation with the government, then only proposal of new terminal comes into consideration. Hope you know what I mean. AirAsia is now quite well-received by people planning for trips due to its lower cost imposed. Anyway, let us see the design of the new KLIA2, as seen from the two videos below.

The 242,000 m2 terminal will be the largest purpose-built dedicated terminal for low cost carriers in the world. Built to handle initially 30 million passengers, it has the flexibility to allow expansion to cater for future growth and changes to the operational models of airlines. Located only 2 km away from the current Main Terminal Building as per the recommendation of the National Airport Master Plan (NAMP), the new terminal allows for easy inter-terminal transfer and better connectivity between the two terminals. The terminal design will incorporate modern features which include the Pedestrian Skybridge, which is the first in Asia, and third in the world.

The terminal will be built to meet the Green Building Index certification. The design of the terminal embraces the concept of Eco Air Terminal, synonymous with the eco-friendly and green building technology widely planned for the development of this airport. This is owing to the design concept of the terminal, which applies sustainable architecture; green building, and energy- efficiency in most aspects of its development and construction processes. (From: http://www.fenestra.com.my/projects.aspx?pageid=19&categoryid=4&status=current&projectid=1&projectcategoryid=4)

What do you think of the design of the new terminal including the interior appearance? Things look nice from the clips above but in reality, who knows they cut off the budget, and the final appearance won’t be the same anymore with the one presented in computer renderings shown. Anyway, I like the overall design of the new terminal, it’s not too grand or humble either. Now I’m guessing who is the architect behind it? After a bit of search, the design is from unknown local architecture firms. The existing KLIA looks fantastic and impressive in architecture, and it is designed by a famous Japanese architect, Kisho Kurokawa. I still remember the concept of ‘forest in a city’ applied to the master design of KLIA. That is brilliant. KLIA is one of the most beautiful airports I have ever seen after been travelling so much and having able to visit many other international airports before.

I think they wouldn’t make KLIA2 a letdown too. So, I think this new terminal of KLIA2 would be a great addition to the existing KLIA, which would further strengthen the airport’s status as one of the world’s most beautiful airports as well as one of the world largest too. I can see KLIA is now already one of the nation’s landmarks, and KLIA2 would further uplifts that image. But now comes issue of rising cost of constructing KLIA2 as the budget jumped to worrying figure. That is very usual in Malaysia. They already modified the design to simpler version earlier to cut costs, and what’s next in their plan to reduce their burden on budget issue? So, design is always determined and limited by the finance, not the imagination of the designers/architects. Do you agree?

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