Client:Gold Coast Airport Pty Ltd

Location:Gold Coast

Disciplines:Architecture, Interior Design


  • Winner of the Best Regional Airport in Asia Pacific 2011
  • Best Major Airport 2010 and Master Builders Awards
  • 2010 the Gold Coast Low Cost Carrier Terminal showcases the very best in airport planning and design.

About the Project

Successfully balancing form and function, the design transforms the existing airport into a large, commercial, vibrant nucleus with a distinct Gold Coast persona.

Inspired by the Gold Coast persona, the design adopts a timeless internal palette with bursts of vibrant colours and playful graphics, emulating the sophistication and excitement and vibrancy of the Gold Coast. Design queues were taken from the contrast of the local hinterland and beach through the external façade treatment and internal finishes scheme. The space planning of the terminal mixed organic shapes with strong angled lines to encourage movement and a sense of direction through the retail outlets, food courts and terminal gates.

The PDT team worked easily and collaboratively both with the builder and the airport to achieve the design objectives in an open, committed and friendly manner
Graeme Allen Project Director, Gold Coast Airport

Project Team

Miranda Sheehan


Laurence Taylor


Annie Yang

Senior Associate | Head of Interior Design


Extension of the terminal, to the north and south, increased the floor area by an additional 15,350m2.  Refurbishment of the existing terminal included remodelling internal spaces and replacing interior finishes, fixtures and fittings. The new terminal design also introduced a more dominant and integrated retail precinct. Once completed the Low Cost Carrier Terminal had improved its functionality, efficiency and cost effectiveness.  Terminal capacity had been increased to allow for the forecast peak loads for the year 2017.


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