Ar­chi­tec­ture & De­sign

With the city’s ex­isɵng air­port at ca­pac­ity, Bei­jing’s new in­ter­naɵonal air­port will serve the world’s fastest grow­ing avi­aɵon sec­tor, and is de­signed for fur­ther ex­pan­sion

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Bei­jing's new in­ter­na­tional air­port will serve the world's fastest grow­ing avi­a­tion sec­tor

The 700,000m² ter­mi­nal build­ing and 80,000m² ground trans­porta­tion cen­tre have been de­signed to be ex­tremely user-fo­cussed, ef­fi­cient and adapt­able for fu­ture growth; its 6-pier ra­dial de­sign gives ex­cep­tional con­ve­nience for pas­sen­gers and flex­i­bil­ity in op­er­a­tions. The ter­mi­nal’s com­pact de­sign min­imises dis­tances be­tween check-in and gate, as well as min­imises dis­tances be­tween gates for trans­fer­ring pas­sen­gers. Ev­ery air­craft pier ra­di­ates di­rectly from the ter­mi­nal’s main cen­tral court where all pas­sen­ger ser­vices and ameni­ties are lo­cated, en­abling pas­sen­gers to sim­ply walk the short dis­tances to ev­ery­where they need to go. Evolv­ing from prin­ci­ples within tra­di­tional Chi­nese ar­chi­tec­ture that or­gan­ise in­ter­con­nected spa­ces around a cen­tral court­yard, the ter­mi­nal’s de­sign guides all pas­sen­gers seam­lessly through the de­par­ture, ar­rival or trans­fer zones to­wards the grand multi-lay­ered meet­ing space at the very heart of the ter­mi­nal.

Flow­ing par­a­bolic folds within the ter­mi­nal’s vaulted roof that reach to the ground to sup­port the struc­ture and bring nat­u­ral light within. Hous­ing many air­craft gates in one ter­mi­nal with a sin­gle pas­sen­ger han­dling cen­tre – rather than many smaller ter­mi­nals and con­tin­u­ous in­ter-ter­mi­nal shut­tle trains – sig­nif­i­cantly re­duces the car­bon foot­print of the air­port through­out its con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tional life­time; help­ing to achieve the air­port’s very high tar­gets of en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment and sus­tain­abil­ity. De­signed to adapt to op­er­ate in many dif­fer­ent con­fig­u­ra­tions de­pen­dant on vary­ing air­craft and pas­sen­ger traf­fic each day, the new air­port will in­clude an in­te­grated trans­port cen­tre of­fer­ing di­rect links to Bei­jing city cen­tre, lo­cal rail ser­vices and the na­tional high-speed rail net­work, mak­ing the air­port an im­por­tant hub within Bei­jing’s grow­ing trans­port net­work and a cat­a­lyst for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in Tian­jin and Hebei Prov­ince. Fol­low­ing the 2011 in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, in Oc­to­ber 2014 BNAH cre­ated a Joint De­sign Team bring­ing to­gether ADP In­geniérie (ADPI) and Zaha Ha­did Ar­chi­tects to col­lab­o­rate on the op­ti­mised con­cept de­sign for the new ter­mi­nal build­ing. The project is led by the Lo­cal De­sign In­sti­tute un­der the lead­er­ship of BNAH.

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