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Incheon International Airport breaks ground on Terminal 2

Incheon International Airport (ICN), the country's busiest airport, and the only airport in the world to be voted best in the world by Airports Council International for eight consecutive years, has broken ground on Terminal 2. Gensler, as the collaborating design architect with the HMGY (Heerim-Mooyoung-Gensler-Yungdo) Consortium, designed the $2.5 billion project to be constructed in two phases.

When complete, the 72-gate, 7.4-million-square-foot terminal will effectively double the airport's size and boost its role as a key asset to Korea's fast-growing economy. The project comprises a second airport control tower, train station, parking facilities and an airside Intra Airport Transit (IAT).

"We designed Terminal 2 to make travel at Incheon even more compelling, offering people unprecedented ease and convenience," says Keith Thompson, Gensler principal and leader of the firm's global aviation design practice. He continues: "It's a large international terminal, yet it will be very intuitive to navigate and present unique experiences like the vast interior gardens featuring native Korean foliage. Travelers will see this as the new benchmark for airports."

More than a global hub airport, Terminal 2 will build upon ICN's reputation for being a gateway to Asia as well as one of its top retail destinations. Designed for clarity, ease and comfort, Terminal 2 will incorporate advanced sustainable technologies to create an efficient, healthy and comfortable environment for people. Lush expanses of indoor green space will feature natural daylight, waterfalls, koi ponds, and streams intermingled with luxury lifestyle centers and boutique shopping.

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