Harnessing the Expertise Accumulated through Designing Airports
Azusa has long designed airport facilities in Japan. Making the maximum use of the design expertise developed in the airport sector, the Transport Infrastructure Domain is expanding its design services into the port and harbor, railway, and land transportation sectors, in Japan and around the world.
We intend to branch out into design services for development projects in areas surrounding the transport infrastructure being built. Working more closely with in-house and outside experts in development, retail, and other fields, we are committed to creating facilities that make cities more sustainable, contribute to national economic growth, and support people’s lives.
Flexibly address the diverse needs of airport operations, drawing on our unrivalled expertise
As passenger terminal buildings serve as the city’s transport hub, our design aims to make such buildings and their environs safer, easier to use, and easier to recognize for users. Today, firms designing airport facilities in Japan focus primarily on three themes: accommodating the increasing number of foreign visitors to Japan; coping with more airports being operated by concession holders; and branching out into designing overseas airport facilities. Giving consideration to these themes and making the best of our design expertise accumulated to date, we are actively taking part in a wide variety of domestic and overseas airport projects, designing not only passenger terminal buildings but also hangars, cargo terminal buildings, and air-traffic control towers. With respect to overseas airports, we endeavor to gain opportunities to design facilities for private-sector projects, in addition to projects backed by the Japanese government. We are preparing ourselves to design airport facilities in China, Vietnam, and other Asian nations, as well as in the United States and Europe.
Port and Harbor
Offer a design best suited to the port to realize port-centric regional revitalization
We are closely monitoring a recent trend in which, just like airports, new cruise ship terminals are being built at many Japanese ports in response to the increasing number of foreign visitors to Japan. Building on our experience in the airport sector, we are expanding our design services into the port and harbor sector by giving meticulous attention to the user-friendliness of facilities, and by capitalizing on our expertise in implementing universal design and designing customs, passport control, and other immigration processing facilities as well as internal signboards. Moreover, we propose comprehensive designs that give consideration to the area adjacent to the port as well.
Enhance user-friendly facilities at stations while ensuring rational, efficient functions
Our focus is on the technical cooperation that the Japanese government is currently promoting in the high-speed railway sector overseas. We are expanding railway facility design services, building on our experience in the airport sector to design internal signboards and other user-friendly facilities and implement universal design.
Message from the Domain Head
Executive Officer, and Head of the Transportation Infrastructure Domain
We at the Transportation Infrastructure Domain have worked to pave the history of Azusa Sekkei as airport specialists, through our involvement in the design of myriad facilities related to air transport. Today, however, we are entering a period of revolution, in which technological advances including AI, IoT, MaaS, and robotics are set to significantly change the shape of airport environments.
In light of this, we have begun new initiatives which look towards the future of airports. We are exploring Digital Transformation, collaboration with companies at the forefront of technology in other industries, and timber design as an approach to decarbonization and sustainability in airports. Through these efforts, we hope to be able to realize an evolution from conventional airports where customers simply board planes, to comfortable airports which free customers from the hassle of complicated procedures, and serve as an appealing destination even for those not traveling by air. No matter how advanced technology becomes, the focus will always be upon the user of that technology, and so we aim to realize an emotive airport of the future, that appeals to the senses of its users.
In order to respond swiftly and precisely to the changing times, we will be making the best possible use of the knowledge we have accumulated thus far, in tandem with cutting-edge technology, and expanding our design activities to the fields of ports, railroads, flying vehicles, and space ports in Japan and around the world.