Lishui Airport

MAD Architects 

Lushui, in the southwest of Zhejiang Province, China, is known for its lush greenery and valleys. Ma Yansong’s firm MAD Architects will be giving it its first airport for a predicted one million passengers a year. Located on hilly ground 15 kilometers away, the project, while guaranteeing accessibility, tries to respect the original site, prioritizing human scale and city identity.

An overhanging roof rises to a height of almost 24 meters, and looks like a white-feathered bird ready to fly. This form absorbs the elevation changes and merges the building with the mountains. The curving interior harbors two levels and contributes to a fluid transition between interior and exterior spaces. Construction is under way and is expected to be complete by the end of 2024.