Beijing Daxing International Airport construction is completed on Sunday, 30 June 2019. It’s located in the south of the capital, expected to be the world’s largest aviation hub with the area of 7.5 million-square-foot. This airport will initially accommodate 45 million passengers each year and expected to handle up to 72 million passengers and 2 million tonnes of cargo annually by 2025.
This last project of late Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid with the collaboration of ADP Ingénierie, is supported with futuristic technologies. This eye-catching starfish-shaped mega airport architecture design has a flexible layout to allow adaptation of different configurations. This project will be a key hub of Beijing’s transportation network as a catalyst of economic development through its connectivity to local and national rail services, including high-speed rail.
According to Architectural Record, Starfish Airport terminal’s highly flexible design is made possible by eight graceful parabolic megacolumns that curve down from the vaulted-dome ceiling to the ground, supporting the central atrium and the long-spanned roof, and allowing for a vast, open floor plate. Each curvy roof structure is topped by 350-foot-diameter skylight to bring natural lighting into the terminal. The star-shaped form and moving walkways along each spoke is designed to achieve minimum connection times. It’s also stacked vertically to accommodate direct routes on connecting flights.
The Beijing Daxing International has a total investment of about 120 billion yuan (US$17.47 billion) according to South Morning China Post. The investment is used for intelligence services such as intelligent robotic parking system, facial recognition technology for security check and boarding processes, and virtual interactive kiosks in humanoid robots-shaped. With all the design consideration and investments, Beijing Daxing Airport is being example of airport evolution to create a sophisticated travelling ambience. ― Construction+ Online