DLC New Airport Design Competition

Dalian International Airport New Airport Design Competition

  • Size: 7,300,000 SF (678,192 SM)
  • Services provided: Design competition architect
  • Project type: Design competition

An international competition launched in July 2014 to design a new airport in Dalian, China, on the site of a new artificial island that has been under construction for two years. The competition brief called for a 101-gate terminal, a ground transportation center, airfield planning and master planning of an “air-city” development on the island. In an intensive four month collaborative process, working in both Dallas and Shanghai, Corgan developed and submitted design solutions which focused on achieving top passenger experience ratings through easy way finding, intuitive flow-based design, and top-quality concessions. Corgan’s design has built-in flexibility for the adaptable phasing of future building expansion and the ability to respond to market changes. The design incorporates the latest green design technology to reduce energy and resource consumption and provide interesting educational features for passengers and offers a balance of cost through efficient design elements including unit construction, incremental expansion options and an integrated ground transportation center at ground level. With this project, the City of Dalian can become an icon of the city with its expressive and romantic design and plentiful interior plazas and landscaping. The overall goal is to elevate customer experience by providing a modern terminal with additional gates for both domestic and international travel.



We are consensus builders. Our experience with airport operators, airlines, aviation facilities, and other air transit organizations gives Corgan a unique vantage point of the elements needed to facilitate successful operations. We have successful partnerships with a wide range of clients including airport operators, airlines, local transit authorities, and government-sponsored research organizations. Our projects are just as varied—ground-up terminal buildings, major terminal renovations, terminal planning, cargo and maintenance facilities, and system-wide implementation projects. Corgan initiates and implements truly innovative design solutions at any scale, from building additions and renovations to new, large-scale terminal programs. Our expertise is second to none and with our global presence, we are able to quickly and efficiently service aviation clients coast to coast and internationally from any of our offices.



We understand scheduling, capacity, material selection and operational challenges. We facilitate consensus amongst all interested parties in achieving a long-term design solution. The need for uninterrupted operations is unquestionable, so we strive for passenger and employee convenience and safety.