Cape Town International Airport – International Terminal

Design Scape Architects are in the process of designing the new International Terminal at Cape Town International Airport, the new “Terminal 2” and upgrade to the existing “Terminal 1” comprises 30 000 msq in area at a value of R2,7 Billion.

The terminal is conceived as a new building with its own identity, the next phase of development for the Airport as it moves toward the North in line with the masterplan for the airport. A new building identity will give flexibility to be able to key into the existing terminals but at the same time provide a product tailored to the specific briefing requirements that this terminal will need to satisfy.

The building is then organised with three main points of departure namely: Side bookends; Roof and Visual connection through the building.

Flat roof concrete frame “bookends” flank the new building to the North & South, these are conventional flat roof and concrete frame structures that butt up against the existing CTB to the South and the existing T1 building to the North. The bookends facilitate the following:

  • Provide for connection that can accommodate the roof, form and floor levels of the CTB.
  • The bookend to the North will serve as junction with the existing T1 building for the time being and will also provide a connection to the T1 replacement building that it is thought would also be an independent building in form and identity.
  • Accommodate the circulation and service cores for terminal 2.
  • Provide roof plant for the main space and the bookends themselves.

Between the bookends the space will be covered with a roof that will give the building its individual identity, although the roof of an airport is commonly given and expressive form and task this one is conceived differently, the roof is a minimalist sculptured form that delicately sits over the main space and part of the road. We feel that this would provide an elegant departure from the traditional exposed structure and the complication that this type of roof necessitates. A roof of this nature would facilitate the following:

  • Provide a cost effective solution that still maintains
  • Provide a system that will successfully accommodate functional and maintenance requirements of a building like this.

The main space would have a visual connection from landslide to airside, this is done through curved, open-plan accommodation that would be serviced by the bookends on either side, from these spaces people would be able to look down into the main space and out over the airfield.


September 8, 2020


Cape Town International Airport