The concept design for the Beijing New Airport Terminal Building, soon to be the world’s largest airport passenger terminal, was recently released. The facility, designed by Dame Zaha Hadid and ADP Ingenierie (ADPI), owners of Paris’ Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports, is expected to be fully constructed and put into operation in July, 2019, Sina News reports.
The Daxing terminal at the Beijing Capital International Airport, with a budget of around 13.8 billion USD, is expected to received 45 million travelers annually upon its completion. It will initially span 7,534,737 square feet, but is expected to be expanded toward meeting the Chinese air authority’s goal of handling 100 million travelers per year. The Beijing International Capital Airport is currently over capacity, handling around 86 million people in 2014 alone.
“Initially accommodating 45 million passengers per year, the new terminal will be adaptable and sustainable, operating in many different configurations dependent on varying aircraft and passenger traffic throughout each day,” Zaha Hadid Associates said in a statement.
“With an integrated multi-modal transport centre featuring direct links to local and national rail services… the new Daxing airport will be 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.”
Zaha Hadid has designed a number of well known buildings in China including the Beijing Yinhe SOHO building and the Guangzhou Opera House.