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Beijing’s Daxing International Airport Opens

Thursday, October 10, 2019

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Just days before celebrating China’s 70th National Day, Chinese President Xi Jinping led the official inauguration of the Zaha Hadid-designed Daxing International Airport.

The 450 billion yuan ($25 billion) airport project took five years to build and was created to relieve congestion at the overcrowded Beijing Capital International Airport.

The Design

Located in the Daxing district, 46 kilometers (roughly 29 miles) south of Beijing’s city center, the star-shaped 700,000-square-meter passenger terminal is reported to be the world’s largest single-building terminal and is the first to offer two-story departure gates.

As described by Zaha Hadid Architects, the airport reveals various principles within traditional Chinese architecture. These properties of the structure help to organize and connect spaces around a central courtyard—a multi-layered meeting space located at the heart of the terminal.

The firm also notes that the structure’s spans, reaching up to 100 meters, not only provide generous public space, but also allow for flexibility and any future reconfigurations.

Within the terminal’s vaulted roof, eight flowing forms descend to the ground level in order to support the structure, as well as bring in natural light. Natural lighting is also reported come in through the airport’s network of linear skylights located along Daxing’s 79 gates and airbridges.

Spanning outward from the terminal’s central court are five aircraft piers that create the star-shaped airport you see from above. In having passenger amenities and services located within this portion of the airport, the distance between check-in and gate is minimalized, reporting that a walk to the farthest boarding gate is still only an eight-minute trip.

Other features of the airport include its robot-operated parking systems, facial recognition for quick security and boarding, as well as roving robots guides for lost passengers.

Regarding energy efficiency, the airport is reported to have photovoltaic power generation installed throughout that provides a minimum capacity of at least 10 megawatts. Daxing has also incorporated a waste heat recovery system that’s supported by a composite ground-source heat pump system. Additionally, the airport uses a rainwater collection and management system, which helps prevent flooding and counters the “heat island” effect on the local microclimate.

What Now

Following the official opening, several domestic airlines were reported to begin operations at the Daxing International Airport. By 2025, the airport is expected to handle up to 72 million passengers a year. By 2040, the airport is slated to expand an additional eight runways and will accommodate 100 million passengers and 4 million tons of luggage per year.

"The Beijing Daxing International Airport is quite unique. It combines best practices of airport design and international standards, together with very advanced knowledge in China about designing and building airports in China," said Zaha Hadid Architects London Associate Director Cristiano Ceccato.

"In that sense, it's different from other airports around the world in that it embraces very specific technologies, construction methods and planning approaches that are particular to China itself."

In the future, CNN reports that a possible high-speed rail will be incorporated into the airport as well, making the location a fully integrated transportation hub. Officials predict that passengers could travel to the city in less than 20 minutes on the express train.

China is expected to surpass the U.S. to become the world’s largest market for airport travel by 2022.


Tagged categories: Airports; Architects; Architecture; AS; China; Color + Design; Color + Design; Commercial / Architectural; Commerial/Architectural; Completed projects; Design; Design - Commercial; Design build; Zaha Hadid

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