McCarran International Airport Terminal 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada was a collaboration between several design firms. Passenger circulation and way finding are the main generative forces behind Fold Train’s ceiling and roof form. From airside, the passenger is visually directed in to the building through primary and secondary entry points, each formally emphasized accordingly. Once inside the building, the passenger is presented with an undulating roof form that, through its cumulative field effect, aids in directing them through the facility, to the ticketing counters, through screening and eventually to the hold rooms and gates.
The simplicity and repetitive nature of the ceiling and roof in the East-West direction observes and reinforces the predominant passenger movements while its North-South trajectory serves to collect and unify the various elements and functions occurring below. Over the service bar the form takes on a porous quality through the omission of roof panels and introduction of a visually translucent material, again unifying the various rooftop elements while giving the large expanse of roof some relief. Along the hold rooms, concessions and egress stairs, the roof assumes a lower elevation and profile in order to introduce clerestory lighting along the concourse and provide a sheltering affect through a reduction of scale.
The concourse of McCarran International Airport Terminal 3 assumes a tapered condition at the East and West ends, which responds to a lower requirement for space while giving the overall form a strong terminus. The cladding of the structure is enlarged and designed to accommodate the integration of the mechanical systems and other utilities making for a clean ceiling and simple overall formal and material composition.