CRK Listed Amongst World’s Most Beautiful Airports

November 20, 2023

The prestigious Prix Versailles has listed the Clark International Airport in their 2023 “World’s Most Beautiful” Airports achievements list.

The achievement is awarded each year by the Prix Versailles judges as a sign of exceptional architecture and design which highlights the projects primary role of beautifying and improving the living environment.

As the lead interior designer and retail planner for the airport, Populous brought its world-leading aviation and design experience to the new passenger terminal located in the Pampanga region of the Philippines.

Opened in 2021, Clark International Airport was designed as an innovative solution that was functional, experiential and authentic.

Populous principal and lead architect on the project Ben Dawson said the global recognition is a testament to the great effort by the entire team and a visionary client.

“At the heart of the interior design was an emphasis on both the passenger experience and a desire for the material palette to reflect a sense of place.

“Wherever possible, we used locally sourced materials which reflected the surrounding environment. As the project was delivered through the pandemic, this emphasis on Philippines sourced and sustainable materials proved invaluable to deliver during that challenging period.

The Clark International Airport operator, Luzon International Premiere Airport Development Corp. (LIPAD), were honored to have received the recognition.

“It is an immense honor to be recognised as one of the world’s most beautiful airports and we are truly humbled by this. It also inspires us to keep on giving Filipinos what they truly deserve, a world-class airport that truly represents the beauty of the Philippines,” said President and CEO Noel Manankil.

The Prix Versailles are granted annually at UNESCO since 2015 and consist of architecture and design awards that showcase the finest contemporary achievements worldwide.

In 2021, Clark International Airport was a top six finalist in the World Selection of the Prix Versailles Architecture and Design Awards under the Airport category. Finalists are chosen for their innovative qualities, creativity, and design connection to culture and heritage.


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