虹桥机场的历史可以追溯到上世纪初，东侧的T1 航站区建设年代久远，虽经历过多次改造与扩建，仍然面临着设施陈旧、规划建设标准低的问题。此次T1 航站楼的系统升级改造，对完善虹桥商务区服务功能、带动虹桥商务区东片区综合改造进而实现“脱胎换骨”的转变具有重要意义。
T1航站区经过重新规划，分为航站楼功能区、交通换乘区和南侧、北侧综合开发区四个部分。T1航站楼建成后可承担年旅客吞吐量1000 万人次； 交通中心承担航站区到发旅客的交通换乘功能；南侧、北侧地块的定位是配套综合开发功能；最终形成一体化的航站楼综合体。
改造设计立足于既有机场建筑，结合建筑自身特点制定被动式的绿色策略，通过建筑围护结构优化，合理设计自然采光与自然通风，营造高效舒适空间。由于在绿色节能设计上的突出表现，项目获得 2017 GREEN SOLUTIONS AWARDS—Sustainable Renovation Grand Prize，2017绿色解决方案奖——既有建筑绿色改造解决方案大奖。
SHA Terminal 1 was built in the beginning of the last century. Due to the disordering construction and outdated facilities in past time, the current urban environment & traffic are messy and supporting facilities are insufficient, which fail to meet the requirements of developing modern aviation business districts. The upgrade reconstruction of Terminal 1 serves as a leading project to improve the service of Hongqiao Business District which has brought great significance to the comprehensive regeneration of the east area of Hongqiao Business District. This project takes improving the quality of airport service and transforming the 100-year-old Terminal into a “Boutique Terminal” as the goal.
SHA Terminal 1 is built into a complex integrating terminal, Ground Transportation Center (GTC), hotel, office, and business function. Nearly 10 million passengers boarding or deplane from terminal 1 per year. The renovation of Terminal 1 is committed to bringing about comprehensive improvement of the surroundings, achieving a leap in traffic quality, upgrading the urban space and creating a high-quality aviation experience for passengers.
The design of the architectural form is integrated with the exterior environment. The roof of underground parking garage provides more than 20,000 square meters of greenery landscape which greatly improves the terminal area environment.
The internal functions of the terminal are re-organized to provide safe, convenient and exquisite services for passengers. Such as the newly-built GTC provides safe and convenient transportation transfer, fully self-service facilities enhance passengers’ travel experience, which also allows Terminal 1 to become one of the first Golden Airports in China. The recreation of commercial space and business environment create a sophisticated service to meet with the comprehensive needs from passengers. The application of new technologies and intelligent facilities elevates the terminal service quality.
Inherit the cultural context and reinterpret it with modern design techniques. The design, based on the in-depth interpretation of the original terminal, reflects Shanghai’s culture and creates an exquisite urban charm in space atmosphere, materials and colors.
In order to provide most comfort experience with minimal resource and energy consumption, the design seeks the best fit under current conditions. The design fulfills the comfort and energy-saving needs of the terminal while taking into account and integrating the features of the existing building.
The architects fully coordinate with airport operation department, airlines, and construc-tion firm to ensure the smooth running of the terminal during the renovation. There are both reconstructing area and operating area in the same terminal at the same time. Ter-minal 1-B is operating during terminal 1-A is under reconstruction, after the reconstruc-tion of Terminal 1-A is completed, the function of 1-A & 1-B would have an exchange to ensure the reconstruction of 1-B. The architects provides a complete and integrated reconstruction plan, that allows the terminal still providing complete passenger process in the two phases of the transformation.