KPF has won the competition to design an all-new international airport from Abu Dhabi, which is one of the fastest growing airports in the popular tourist destination. The Abu Dhabi International Airport Midfield Complex has been conceptualized to act as a key player in the 2030 master plan of the city.
Designed to serve as a monumental gateway to the city, the design encompasses a variety of sustainable features that help regulate energy and water consumption. The existing airport serves about 50 million travelers each year and the new expansion will cater to the growth in number of travelers while also ensuring that the passengers experience is enhanced by larger interior zones.
The new terminal will provide 18,000sqm of space for facilities and retail, about 10,000sqm for international restaurants and over 27,500sqm of space for a new hospitality and cultural museum. With a total of a whopping 49 gates, the new terminal features a swooping roof in the departure hall that is flooded with natural light helping in the connection of inner and outer civic spaces.
The architects are proposing the use of dry landscaping to reduce the use of potable water, which isn’t easy to come in a place like Abu Dhabi. The façade consists of a high performance angled glass that reduces heat and assists in natural ventilation to reduce interior temperature and also reduce the energy needed to keep the ambience cool. Construction is expected to commence later this year with completion slated for 2017.