Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has unveiled preliminary details for what is being billed as the world’s largest airport passenger terminal, to be located in Beijing’s southern Daxing District. Designed in collaboration with airport specialists ADP Ingeniérie (ADPI), the Beijing New Airport Terminal Building will initially accommodate 45 million passengers per year and “will be adaptable and sustainable, operating in many different configurations dependent on varying aircraft and passenger traffic throughout each day,” states ZHA.
Beyond its predicted capacity of 45 million passengers per year, details on the new terminal building are scant. Gizmag reports that the terminal will “measure 700,000 sq m (7,534,737 sq ft), and that the entire airport will be completed in 2018, for a total budget of £9 billion (roughly US$13.8 billion),” but notes that ZHA is yet to confirm this.
The mammoth new star-shaped terminal will include “direct links to local and national rail services including the Gaotie high speed rail,” and is planned as “a key hub within Beijing’s growing transport network and a catalyst for the region’s economic development, including the city of Tianjin and Hebei Province,” explained ZHA in a statement.
The New Beijing Terminal Building is being developed so as to alleviate pressure on Beijing’s existing Capital Airport. Completed in 2008, the Foster + Partners-designed airport is already one of the largest in the world, but has been operating beyond its capacity.