Kansai International Airport
Kansai, 1988

This project aimed to turn the proposed Kansai International Airport into a new type of metropolis by enlarging the airport into an event or spectacle—a city of interchange and exchange, business, commerce, and culture. This 24-hour-a-day continuous intervention was designed to act as a counterpoint to the city of Osaka, meant to not only serve world travelers but also to act as a new urban segment for culture and recreation.

The airport is divided into two distinct parts, the linear city and the deck. The linear city consists of three lines: the double strip, the wave, and the slab. The double strip contains all airport transfer functions in the terminal wings. The wave and the slab are located between the two layers of the double strip. Both are narrow. The slab contains two hotels with a total of 1,000 rooms as well as office space. The wave contains a mile-long entertainment, cultural, and sports center. more

Program: Infrastructure, Master Plan, Public Buildings