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.


The modern airport is a self-contained city. Passengers demand exceptional experiences from approach to departure. Owners and airlines face the growing challenge of balancing real-world constraints of function, constructability, and value while building memorable and positive brand equity.

Corgan is an international leader in airport terminal design. Our drive to create the best client experience brings airports and airlines back to us time after time.

Going above and beyond is our daily mission. Operational-based solutions are conceived with rigor; empathetic, user-experience insights come from deep listening and virtual prototyping. As design solutions marry function and delight, all experiences are elevated.

Corgan exceeds boundaries to solve the world’s greatest aviation challenges with research, design, and devotion to our clients.




We understand scheduling, capacity, material selection and operational challenges. We facilitate consensus across all interested parties to achieve a long-term design solution. The need for uninterrupted operations is unquestionable.