Bengaluru Airport's Terminal 2 Shines Globally: Earns UNESCO Accolades For Design Excellence

V Bhagya Subhashini

Dec 22, 2023, 01:14 PM | Updated 01:29 PM IST

Green Foliage Bengaluru's New Airport Terminal (Image: Author)
Green Foliage Bengaluru's New Airport Terminal (Image: Author)

Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru has achieved significant recognition at UNESCO's 2023 Prix Versailles, securing a place among the 'World's Most Beautiful Airports' for Terminal 2 (T2).

The terminal was honoured with the esteemed 'World Special Prize for an Interior 2023.' Chaired by renowned fashion designer Elie Saab, the Prix Versailles 2023 world judges panel unveiled Bengaluru airport as the sole Indian recipient of this prestigious accolade, emphasising the airport's dedication to exceptional global design and architecture.

This recognition elevates Bengaluru Airport to a top-tier position among airports worldwide.

Expressing delight at the achievement, Hari Marar, MD and CEO of Bengaluru International Airport Ltd (BIAL), remarked, "The nomination of Terminal 2 for the 2023 Prix Versailles Award is a moment of immense pride. We are pleased to witness the well-deserved recognition for T2, a unique blend of art and technology serving as a distinctive gateway. It leaves a lasting impression on global travellers, offering a glimpse of the rich offerings of our state and country," reports Business Standard.

The new terminal T2 of the Bengaluru International Airport Ltd (BIAL), in Bengaluru, was formally launched by Prime Minister Modi on 11 November 2022.

Designed as a reflection of this city, T2 is founded on four pillars: technological leadership, the idea of a terminal in a garden, environmental and ecological stewardship, and a celebration of Karnataka’s rich heritage and culture.

Before this, Terminal 2 had already received the prestigious Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) Platinum Certification from the Indian Green Building Council under the IGBC Green New Building Rating system.

With a design to accommodate 25 million passengers per annum (MPPA) in Phase 1, T2 aligns with its vision of merging functionality with aesthetic appeal. The terminal aims to captivate passengers through its art and decor elements, part of the recently launched art program, ensuring an awe-inspiring and unforgettable experience.

T2's sustainable design, recognised as the world's largest terminal pre-certified with a Platinum LEED rating by the US Green Building Council before operational commencement, underscores the airport's commitment to environmental responsibility, according to an official release.

V Bhagya Subhashini is a staff writer at Swarajya. She tracks infrastructure developments.

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