Located 40km to the east of Ho Chi Minh City, Long Thanh International Airport is set to ease congestion at the current Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, now the country’s largest airport. This new airport will play a crucial role in improving regional connectivity, serving as a hub for both domestic and international flights. It will provide convenient travel options for travellers across Southeast Asia and beyond.
Conceived by Heerim Architects, the terminal building takes the form of a blooming lotus flower, boasting an impressive total GFA of 373,000m². The concourse will feature a complex clear span roof spanning 82m. In the initial phase, the terminal is expected to handle 25 million passengers annually, with a seamless scalability potential to accommodate more than 100 million passengers per year upon its full completion.
Arup has been appointed as the structural engineering and civil engineering consultancy for the detailed design stage of the terminal building.
82mlasted long-span steel
100+millionpassengers capacity per year
Designing for climate resilience and passenger comfort
Drawing upon our expertise in previous aviation projects across the region, we conducted a design study to ensure that the project’s sustainability, with a focus on passenger experience and resilience to climate change. Our thorough assessment of the airport planning parameters provided valuable insights to the client, allowing for future-proofing of the infrastructure and optimising its usage.
The structural design presented numerous challenges, including geometric manipulation, rationalisation, complex geometry, iterative design, and a tight schedule. To overcome these challenges, our structural team used digital tools such as Rhino Grasshopper to facilitate the structure modelling in the GSA software so that the analysis model could be updated quickly to match the tight schedule while handling the intricacies of the complex roof geometry.