Rita Ruotao Wang

Terminal 0 - Morpho

Terminal zero is an extension to the existing Terminal one at Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ontario. The envisioned extension aims to create a contemporary, and futuristic addition to the existing structure, accommodates more domestic and international passengers.

Rather than just flapping their wings up and down like birds, butterflies contract their bodies to push air under their wings, propelling it through the air. They also have very irregular flight pattern to make it difficult for predators to catch them. Together the movement of a butterfly is dynamic also with delicate manipulations. Similar as how the butterfly combat the challenges of flying in windy days, it took human a long time to combat the challenge in aviation, and to cope with unpredictable weather conditions. Inspired by the movement of butterflies, the goal for Terminal zero is to celebrate the technological advancements in aviation with advanced technology in architecture such as parametric design. Hence, the design of Terminal Zero aims to construct an architectural expression from the movement of butterflies.

Toronto Metropolitan Department of  Architectural Science Toronto, CA.