"Kenzo Tange's work reflects and crystallizes the changing political and economic climate of Japan in a quarter century, from the nationalism of World War II, through defeat and reconstruction, to the renewed search for national identity and growth in confidence. Despite finers distinctions to be made in his changing concerns, it is possible to divide his career into two parts, whose major interests are the synthesis of Japanese traditions and modern architectureand the realization of a metabolist vision of the city."
Hiroshi Watanabe Contemporary Architects, 1987, p. 891
The airport, planned for an annual traffic of 3 million passengers, was designed in the form of an airplane, with gates along the ayis of the main body and departure and arrival halls in the two wings. The lower level of the terminal building houses the arrival lobby, and in the lofty space of the first floor is the departure lobby. It covers an area of 58'000 square meters. There are three main storeys above ground level focusing to a six-storey rise in the center of the building. It is a reinforced concrete structure with a steel frame roof covered by a hyphalon membrane. The building supports a glass curtain wall, with parts of the exterior clad in marble.