Foster + Partners, located in the UK, has been awarded the contract to design King Salman International Airport in Riyadh. The Saudi King Salman International Airport is projected to be among the world’s largest, alongside King Fahd International in Saudi Arabia. The mega complex will span 57 km2, featuring six runways and containing existing terminals dedicated to King Khalid. An estimated 780m2 of land has been devoted to its construction. SURFACES REPORTER (SR)’s this post contains all details about this massive project. Read on:
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Named in honour of Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the King Salman International Airport will be designed by Foster + Partners and integrate the current terminals formerly named for former King Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
Airport Design Inspired By Saudi Culture
The unique design of the airport, that reflects Saudi culture and identity, promises a remarkable experience for travelers and pedestrians alike. The master plan aims to further elevate Riyadh's status as a top logistics hub, opening up more avenues for trade, travel and tourism. Ultimately, it will be a connector between East and West for 180 million people.
Foster + Partner's vision for the future of Saudi King Salman International Airport entails a single concourse loop with 12 square kilometres of residential, recreational and airport support amenities, combined with retail outlets. Luke Fox, the head of one of their studios, expressed his opinion by stating: "This vision of the classic terminal offers multiple access points for passengers."
The terminal is inseparable from its location, connecting travellers to the unique atmosphere of the city. It makes use of beautiful natural elements and offers modern amenities, helping to create a global logistics hub that connects East and West by stimulating commercial activity and tourism.
Third Airport by Foster + Partners in Saudi Arabia
Foster + Partners have already made a start on building their Red Sea International Airport, taking inspiration from the colours and textures of the desert terrain. This is the third airport they are undertaking in Saudi Arabia, following the work being done on King Salman International Airport.
The studio is also working on the creation of a private airport terminal and control tower for Amaala, a luxury resort situated on the Red Sea shoreline. This ultimately resulted in Foster + Partners' resignation from the Architects Declare movement, of which they had been an adherent.
In addition to the King Salman International Airport, one of the biggest airports in the world, Foster + Partners is designing 12 sq. km of residential and recreational premises, retail outlets, and airport-related amenities. It is estimated that by 2050 it will be able to manage 185 million passengers and 3.5 million tons of cargo.
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