Ten trend-set­ting air­port de­vel­op­ments

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Con­struc­tion on the Gensler-de­signed ter­mi­nal is set to be com­pleted in 2017. It rep­re­sents the third of four phases of de­vel­op­ment for the air­port, with the last 100 mil­lion pas­sen­gers a year (at the mo­ment it han­dles 44 mil­lion a year, with 66 mil­lion pro­jected in 2017). The 7 mil­lion square foot “H”-shape ter­mi­nal is in­tended to be a re­tail des­ti­na­tion in it­self, and is aim­ing to achieve LEED plat­inum sta­tus.


The much-de­layed NDIA had its lat­est launch in April scratched due to safety in­spec­tion con­cerns. When it does open, NDIA will have an an­nual ca­pac­ity of 50 mil­lion pas­sen­gers across a three-story ter­mi­nal with 430,000 square feet of re­tail ac­com­mo­date the A380 su­per­jumbo, for which there will be six ded­i­cated gates.


Con­cep­tu­al­ized by Foster and Part­ners and sched­uled for com­ple­tion in 2016, Kuwait’s new ter­mi­nal will han­dle about 13 mil­lion peo­ple a year, with the op­tion of ex­pand­ing to 50 mil­lion by 2035. Tak­ing the form of a three-pointed star, its sin­gle-roof con­cept (with ta­pered pale stone col­umns rem­i­nis­cent of sails) is de­signed to make nav­i­ga­tion from check-in to gate as easy as pos­si­ble.


As if one state-of-the-art, 75 mil­lion­ca­pac­ity air­port isn’t enough, the Chi­nese cap­i­tal is build­ing a sec­ond one 28 miles south of Tianan­men Square. It will have an an­nual ca­pac­ity of be­tween 130 mil­lion and mak­ing it the busiest in the world. Con­struc­tion on the 21-square-mile site (big­ger than the is­land na­tion of Ber­muda) started late this year and is set for com­ple­tion in 2017. It will have eight com­mer­cial run­ways and a high-speed city-cen­ter rail link.


In March, Am­man’s Queen Alia opened a new ter­mi­nal with a ca­pac­ity of nine mil­lion pas­sen­gers an­nu­ally. Its 127 domed rooftops were in­spired by Be­douin tents, with col­umns cre­at­ing the im­pres­sion of palm trees. De­signed by Foster and Part­ners, it will have nat­u­ral ven­ti­la­tion, gar­dens and court­yards with pools, pho­to­voltaic roof panels and rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing.

Be­low: In­cheon Ter­mi­nal 2; Kuwait Ter­mi­nal 2; Bei­jing Dax­ing In­ter­na­tional; Queen Alia In­ter­na­tional

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