This ‘Star-Fish’ Shaped Airport is the World’s Largest, Single-Building Terminal | ZHA | Beijing Daxing International Airport

Beijing Daxing International Airport | Zaha Hadid Architects | Surfaces Reporter

The newly-built Beijing Daxing International Airport by eponymous architectural giant Zaha Hadid Architects is said to be the world’s largest, single-building terminal. Located in the Daxing district of China which is 46km south of the city centre (20 minutes by express train), the terminal was officially opened on September 25, 2019. When viewed from above, the terminal looks like ‘the starfish’ and that’s why it has termed with this name. SURFACES REPORTER (SR) brings more details about this world’s biggest airport terminal. Have a look:

Envisioned and Built to Relieve Congestion

Traditional Chinese Architecture -Beijing Daxing Airport by ZHA

Developed to alleviate congestion at the capital’s existing airport, Beijing Daxing is a major transport hub for the region with the world’s fastest-growing demand for international travel and is fully integrated within the country’s expanding transport network.

Traditional Chinese Architecture -Beijing Daxing Airport by ZHA

Beijing Daxing’s 700,000m² passenger terminal includes an 80,000m² ground transportation centre offering direct connections to Beijing, the national high-speed rail network and local train services, providing a catalyst for economic development in Tianjin and Hebei Province.

Can Accommodate 72 Million Travellers by 2025

Traditional Chinese Architecture -Beijing Daxing Airport by ZHA

Once completed, the airport will initially serve 45 million passengers per year and can accommodate 72 million travellers by 2025. Moreover, it is planned for further expansion to serve up to 100 million passengers and 4 million tonnes of cargo annually.

Recently assigned the airport code ‘PKX’ by the International Air Transport Association, Beijing Daxing sets a new standard in air transport services, serving the region’s growing population within a compact and efficient passenger terminal that is adaptable for future growth.

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Features of Traditional Chinese Architecture

Beijing Daxing Airport by ZHA

Echoing principles within traditional Chinese architecture that organise interconnected spaces around a central courtyard, the terminal’s design guides all passengers seamlessly through the relevant departure, arrival or transfer zones towards the grand courtyard at its centre – a multi- layered meeting space at the heart of the terminal.

Allows Maximum Flow of Natural Light

Beijing Daxing Airport by ZHA

Six flowing forms within the terminal’s vaulted roof reach to the ground to support the structure and bring natural light within, directing all passengers towards the central courtyard. Natural light also enters the terminal via a network of linear skylights that provide an intuitive system of navigation throughout the building, guiding passengers to and from their departure gates.

Highest Degree of Flexibility

Beijing Daxing Airport by ZHA

Structural spans of up to 100m create the terminal's generous public spaces and allow the highest degree of flexibility for any future reconfiguration.

The compact radial design of the terminal allows a maximum number of aircraft to be parked directly at the terminal with minimum distances from the centre of the building, providing exceptional convenience for passengers and flexibility in operations.

79 gates with airbridges connect directly to the terminal which can rapidly process the passengers of six full A380 aircraft simultaneously.

Beijing Daxing Airport by ZHA

Five aircraft piers radiate directly from the terminal’s main central court where all passenger services and amenities are located, enabling passengers to walk the comparatively short distances through the airport without the need for automated shuttle trains. As a result, the terminal’s compact design minimises distances between check-in and gate, as well as connections between gates for transferring passengers.

The radial configuration ensures the farthest boarding gate can be accessed in a walking time of less than 8 minutes.

Waste Heat Recovery and Rain Water Harvesting

Beijing Daxing Airport by ZHA

Photovoltaic power generation is installed throughout the airport to provide a minimum capacity of at least 10MW. Beijing Daxing's centralised heating with waste heat recovery is supported by a composite ground-source heat pump system incorporating a concentrated energy supply area of nearly 2.5 million m².

Beijing Daxing Airport by ZHA

The airport also implements rainwater collection and a water management system that employs the natural storage, natural permeation and natural purification of up to 2.8 million cubic meters of water in new wetlands, lakes and streams to prevent flooding and counter the summer ‘heat island’ effect on the local microclimate.

Project Team

Beijing Daxing International Airport is the result of an excellent collaboration between dedicated teams of professionals in China and around the world, resulting in a uniquely contemporary building defined by its context and programme.

Beijing Daxing’s terminal was designed by its Joint Design Team (JDT) under the leadership of the Beijing New Airport Headquarters (BNAH), bringing together ADP Ingénierie (ADPI) and Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) to collaborate on the optimised design, subsequently working with BIAD (Beijing Institute of Architecture and Design) and CACC (China Airport Construction Company) to deliver the project.

Project Details:

Client: Beijing New Airport Construction Headquarters
Architects/Joint Design Team: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) and ADP Ingeniérie (ADPI)
Design (ZHA): Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher
Project Directors (ZHA): Cristiano Ceccato, Charles Walker, Mouzhan Majidi
Project Design Director (ZHA): Paulo Flores
Project Architect (ZHA): Lydia Kim
Project Coordination (ZHA): Eugene Leung, Shao-Wei Huang

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