Lester B. Pearson International Airport

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2007

With an annual volume expected to reach 29 million passengers by 2015, the airport is undertaking a major expansion that includes a new terminal with 77 gates. Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Adamson Associates and Moshe Safdie and Associates formed a joint venture – Airport Architects Canada – to design the new terminal and coordinate work with adjacent and contingent projects, both airside and landside. The team prepared an overall design for the airport’s long-term development, including several phases during which, over time, the new Terminal 1 will replace all existing terminals. The redevelopment of the airport includes new runways, major midfield cargo facilities, aircraft maintenance facilities and improved road access, to be implemented over the next 15 years. Airport Architects Canada is overseeing the work through project completion. A crescent-shaped central processor building, accommodating check-in, baggage handling and arrival halls, is formed by an arched shell structure that has a 61-metre (200-foot) clear span and rises to a height of 18 meters (60 feet). The design emphasizes transparency, natural light and ease of orientation. A system of south-facing skylights allows daylight to penetrate into the baggage level, as well as generously lighting the passenger hall on the north-facing drop-off and unloading area. Vaulted and skylit ceilings run the length of the piers, or concourses, and the larger international pier ends in a crescent-shaped ‘hammerhead’ containing its own complex of retail and food outlets.

Project Type: Airport

Client: Greater Toronto Airports Authority

Cost: $1.8 billion (terminals 1 and 2 only)

Size: 4180000


Joint Venture Partner - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill International Ltd.

Joint Venture Partner - Adamson Associates Architects