The proposed NAIA 1 makeover looks classy and is eco-friendly. (Screenshot from the "New NAIA Terminal 1 Design" video posted on Kenneth Cobonpue’s Facebook page).
The so-called world’s worst airport, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1, could easily become an international showstopper.
Interaksyon.com reports that industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue-who gained fame for his avant garde furniture-along with his equally famous colleagues furniture and interior designer Budji Layug and architect Royal Pineda have come up with an unsolicited, pro-bono design for NAIA Terminal 1’s makeover.
"It's time someone did something about the worst airport in the world," Cobonpue said.
Cobonpue, Layug, and Pineda envisioned the airport in the middle of Metro Manila. The design uses modern tropical design upgrade that abides by the principles of simplicity, easy maintenance, sustainability, and cost efficiency. "We made this design because we believe that no matter how beautiful our country is, our airports give the first and last impressions," Cobonpue wrote on his Facebook page.
Cobonpue also added that the proposed rehabilitation and renovation plan "is relatively inexpensive and simple to adapt" and "also involves renovating the interiors to allow faster flow of travelers between security, immigration, and departure."
According to the Interaksyon.com report, the design was created in cooperation with the National Competitiveness Council of the Philippines (NCCP). The NCCP was established by Presidential Executive Order 571, which seeks to improve the country's competitiveness from the bottom third of competitiveness rankings to the top third by 2016.