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2013.08.02 09:32

Lithuanian architect’s project fascinates North Korean leader

DELFI|The Lithuania Tribune2013.08.02 09:32

An airport concept by Karolis Kazlauskas, a Lithuanian architect working for one of Hong Kong’s design companies, attracted the attention of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, writes www.delfi.lt. 

An airport concept by Karolis Kazlauskas, a Lithuanian architect working for one of Hong Kong’s design companies, attracted the attention of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, writes www.delfi.lt.

Currently the Lithuanian architect is living in Shanghai where the Hong Kong based design company has a branch. Last year an investor from North Korea approached the company and requested a design concept for an airport in the city of Wonsan, a newly developing economic zone  in the eastern part of North Korea.

There is a military airbase in the city, however, the government wants to replace it with an airport for tourists.

“Everything was created spontaneously – both the design and the interior. The project was submitted to  North Korea and after six months the South Korean press reported that the leader (Kim Jong-un) reviewed the project. He was said to be intrigued and satisfied,” Kazlauskas told Delfi.

The architect added that after the successful project design, his company was offered to develop a project for the renovation of the international airport in the capital city of Pyongyang.

To Kim Jong-un’s liking, the Wonsan city airport project includes two terminals, one for domestic and one for international flights. In the beginning North Korea plans to build just one terminal, then,  after several years, a second one.

Kazlauskas said that his concept was inspired by North Korean traditions.

“We had discussions with the manager, as well as analysed North Korean culture and architecture. We ended up directing our attention to traditional North Korean drums, some of which are concave and others convex. We created two facades – a building within a building,” said the architect who has been working in Asia for a year and a half.

The projected size of one terminal is about 10,000 square metres. North Korea expects 1.2 million visitors to travel through the airport annually.

“The airport is particularly unique because it has an interior park, which is unusual for airports. Airports most often are enclosed while the inclosed park here serves as a waiting area,” said Kazlauskas.

  

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