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Daily News Analysis


23rd December, 2023 MISCELLANEOUS


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Context: The Kempegowda International Airport Terminal 2 (T2) in Bengaluru won the world special prize for interiors at UNESCO's 2023 Prix Versailles.

Key Highlights

  • The UNESCO's 2023 Prix Versailles award, established in 2015, emphasizes intelligent sustainability as a cultural driver and considers factors such as innovation, creativity, reflection of local heritage, ecological efficiency, and values of social interaction.
  • T2, also known as the "Terminal in a Garden," the terminal is built on four foundational pillars: technological leadership, terminal in a garden, environmental and ecological stewardship, and a celebration of Karnataka’s rich heritage and culture.
  • T2 boasts a sustainable design, being the world’s largest terminal pre-certified with a Platinum LEED rating by the US Green Building Council before operational commencement. This reflects the airport's commitment to environmental responsibility. The terminal has also received the prestigious Platinum certification under the IGBC Green New Building rating system.


  • Kempegowda International Airport T2 has been recognized for its architectural excellence, sustainability, and cultural significance, earning a special prize at UNESCO's 2023 Prix Versailles. The "Terminal in a Garden" stands as a testament to the fusion of modern technology, environmental responsibility, and celebration of local heritage.


Q. Which airport's Terminal 2 (T2) was honored with the world special prize for interiors at UNESCO's Prix Versailles?

A) Changi Airport, Singapore

B) Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru

C) Heathrow Airport, London

D) JFK Airport, New York

Answer: B


Terminal 2 (T2) at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru was awarded the world special prize for interiors at UNESCO's Prix Versailles.