This is the new passenger terminal for the Beijing Daxing International Airport, which is soon to be the largest aviation hub in the world. Why and how? This large structure will cover an area of 3,369,103.96 square feet thanks to the five “limbs” that spread outward from a central area. The size of this new terminal will relieve pressure from the suburb-based (and really over-crowded) Beijing Capital International Airport. According to Xinhuanet News, each “limb” will showcase images from Chinese culture, including “silk, tea, porcelain, farmlands, and Chinese gardens.”
According to the team, the distances from the far-end of each wing to the building’s central area is “less than 600 meters,” a design strategy meant to distinguish itself from other large international airports “that inevitably require commuters to walk long distances.” The new passenger terminal will serve China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines, meaning that the two carriers will carry less than half of the airport’s total number of potential passengers (which could be 72 million passengers by 2025). The new terminal, aiming at handling 2 million tons of air cargo each year by 2025 and up to 620,000 flights, is set to open in 2019.
Zaha Hadid Architects commented after winning the design bid in 2015:
“With an integrated multi-modal transport centre featuring direct links to local and national rail services including the Gaotie high speed rail, the new 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.”