BANYUWANGI Airport in East Java received The Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2022. Amazingly, Banyuwangi Airport set aside 463 nominations for buildings with the best architecture in the world.

The Aga Khan Award for Infrastructure certificate from Putri Zahra Aga Khan acting on behalf of HH Aga Khan was handed over to PT Angkasa Pura II as the manager of Banyuwangi Airport, in Muscat, Oman, on 31 October 2022.

Banyuwangi Airport Architect, Andra Matin said, this airport received an award because it was inspired by local culture, namely the culture of the Osing tribe. “This airport is also energy efficient, only 30% use air conditioning, the rest use air and natural light,” said Andra Martin.

“The airport is a gate from somewhere. So when people come they have to feel that this is, we come to Banyuwangi. If the airport is uniform, there is no uniqueness at all. This is what makes this airport special,” he explained.

According to AP II President Director Muhammad Awaluddin, said the Aga Khan award made Banyuwangi Airport, which is a landmark in East Java, global and known to the global community. Banyuwangi Airport has been managed by AP II since 2017, and after 5 years or in 2022 Banyuwangi Airport is now worldwide as the building with the best architecture in the world.

“In the future this title must be consistently maintained by AP II as the airport manager and all stakeholders. The best architecture in the world owned by Banyuwangi Airport will be equipped with various developments and innovations which include technology-based, to improve services and operations, including ensuring the implementation renewable energy to achieve the global target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050,” he continued.

In its statement, the Aga Khan Development Network stated that Banyuwangi Airport is very modern and efficient in all aspects. Banyuwangi Airport can be a game-changer in airport architecture.

Banyuwangi Airport itself has an unusual open design like other airports, where this design prioritizes the best air circulation for traveler comfort. Unlike airports in general that rely on air conditioning, Banyuwangi Airport has very good natural air circulation so that travelers feel calm and comfortable when in the terminal.

“In fact, the entire roof of the passenger terminal is planted with green grass which is routinely maintained,” he said.

Furthermore, Muhammad Awaluddin said the design owned by Banyuwangi Airport really supports the application of technology to create the best travel experience (seamless journey experience).

“Travelers especially those coming from the millennial generation like the practicality of traveling, and in the future Banyuwangi Airport will offer this flexibility through more technology-based services that are integrated with AP II’s travel application,” he noted.

Regarding the application of new renewable energy (EBT), Banyuwangi Airport has completed 100% of PLTS construction for the Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting building (roof of 600 square meters with a peak capacity of 35.1 kilo watts).

The award for Banyuwangi Airport complements the achievement of Soekarno-Hatta Airport which also won the Aga Khan Award in 1995. [sources/photo special]