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Vancouver International Airport - A-B Connector

A global gateway

Richmond, British Columbia

How do you create a domestic terminal that achieves international-level finishes and amenities, and an interior volume that makes navigation easy?

First, after security, passengers emerge onto an elevated landing where it’s simple for them to visually locate their gates.

On the way to their gates they’re greeted with services, visual art, and design elements that establish a sense of British Columbia. A focal point is the First Nations inspired art installation by Marianne Nicolson—etched blue glass totem poles representing the Fraser and Columbia Rivers.

At the gates, passenger attention is focused upward to the detailed ceiling and butterfly trusses, while the double-height glass façade offers panoramic views. This south face of the building incorporates fritted panels within a specially chosen tint of glass, preventing glare and heat gain. Skylights maximize light in the central areas.

This is the first phase in YVR’s 10-year Gateway plan. The domestic A-B Connector is on par with international terminals, and some of the gates can accommodate Bowing 747s with passenger connections to Customs, giving the airport the flexibility to handle more international traffic.

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