The Practice



New International Airport Arturo Merino Benítez

Designed to accommodate more than 25 million passengers a year, the architectural design of the new Terminal takes its inspiration from a variety of sources. On the one hand, the landscapes, geography, flora and fauna of Chile, the abundant craftsmanship of its native peoples, and numerous examples of world-renowned Chilean buildings; and on the other hand, aspects taken from some of the best terminals in the world.

The new Terminal 2 is equipped with a new passenger handling area and four fixed “piers”.

Each of the four piers is connected to the Central Processor through corridors. The piers themselves are the boundary between landside and airside. The retail and food and beverage areas are evenly distributed along the piers. Visibility of all stores is improved because of the high flow of travelers passing in front of them. Travelers can choose from different options as they approach the departure lounge. The airline VIP lounges are strategically located along the piers so that the distance to the boarding gates is not excessive.

Between the new passenger processor and the current Terminal 1, two covered parking spaces with a capacity of more than 3,000 will be located. The parking deck will be used as a welcoming elevated plaza, where landscaping will be the main the protagonist.

Definitive Design or Detail Design​​​​​​​: ADPi  in association with luis vidal + architects

Referential Design: Stantec/Amunategui-Barreau

New International Airport Arturo Merino Benitez


Place/Date: Santiago, Chile, 2015
Client: SCL-CJV
Budget: Confidential
Surface: 250.000 m2 + 100.000 m2 parking
Arquitects: luis vidal + architects / ADPi
Contributors: IDOM, Setec, Arcadis, VMB
Project Status: Under Construction
Team: João Abreu - Andoni Arrizabalaga - María Astiaso - David Ávila - Guillermo Barra - Bernat Burguera - Ismael Cárdenas - Belén Carrillo - Valentina Chisci - Marta Cumellas - Max Daiber - Itziar de Francisco - Jorge Domínguez - Franco Encina - Beatriz Freiria - Magdalena García de Durango - Sandra Gonzaléz - Carolina Hernández - Trinidad Hildebrandt - Jóse Miguel Ibañez - Pablo Labra - Juan Francisco Letelier - David López - Arturo López-Bachiller - Carlos Maldonado - Concha Millán - Pilar Morell - Sara Moreno - Nicolás Orellana - Carlos Peña - Enrique Pérez - Isabel Rodrigo - Juan Manuel Rubio - Santiago Sánchez - Eduardo Sanchez - Encarnación Serna - Gentaro Shimada - Christian Slaughter - Javier Torrado - Oscar Torrejón - Italo Veas - Luis Vidal - Néstor Jara - Carlos Maldonado - Carolina Montenegro