Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, was opened this month after 10 years of construction. The site is dominated by the huge terminal building and its tubular concourse extensions, stretching outwards in an H-shaped plan across the airfield.
Murphy/Jahn and TAMS with local firm ACT consultants carried out the architectural design. 'Extraordinary and exciting' structural work was needed, says Scott Wilson's Richard Bartlett, who advised on and supervised the steel for the terminal roof and concourses. Bartlett believes that the structure is satisfying architecturally, with a Thai feel. The twisted triangle shape is reminiscent of temple dragons and demons.