Hadid designs “world’s largest airport passenger terminal” for Beijing

Zaha Hadid has been selected to design plans for a new major terminal in Daxing, Beijing that will accommodate 45 million passengers a year.

The Beijing New Airport Terminal Building will be located opposite the existing Capital Airport, which was completed in 2008 by Foster + Partners but has already exceeded its planned capacity- despite being one of the biggest airports in the world.

Zaha Hadid Architects has teamed up with airport specialists ADPI who has won the bid to design the new Beijing airport in 2011 and are now working with Hadid for the proposal- due to become the “world’s largest airport passenger terminal”.

The architects said the terminal will have a flexible layout that will allow it to be adopted into various configurations. It will also be connected to the local and national rail services.

The team said the 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”.

Consultants Buro Happold, Mott Macdonals and EC Harris will be working alongside the design team.

Hadid has never previously completed an airport but is rumoured to be designing a major new terminal in the south east of England.

She is also currently working on the Bee’ah headquarters located in Sharjah, UAE.