The new futuristic, fluid Beijing Daxing International Airport by Zaha Hadid Architects

Located about 50 kilometers to the south of the center of Beijing, the new (and enormous) futuristic Beijing Daxing International Airport, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, has eight runways and avant-garde robotic AI systems.

 

This important transport hub will begin service for 45 million passengers per year, but further expansion is planned to accommodate up to 100 million passengers and 4 million tons of freight cargo per year.

The passenger terminal with an area of 700,000 square meters includes a ground transport center of 80,000 m2 to offer direct connections to Beijing, acting as a catalyst for economic development in the region.

Beijing Daxing is an efficient terminal, ready to adapt to future growth and setting new standards for air transport services.

Based on the principles of Chinese traditional architecture which calls for interconnected spaces organized around a central court, the configuration of the terminal guides all the passengers in a seamless way from the departure, arrival or transfer zones towards the heart of the structure, organized on multiple levels.

 

From the vaulted roof, sinuous, fluid forms reach the ground to support the structure, bringing natural light to the interiors, which also enters through a network of linear skylights that provide an intuitive system of navigation throughout the facility, guiding passengers to and from the departure gates.

The structural spans with a height of over 100 meters create ample public spaces and permit great flexibility for any future reconfiguration.

Five long aerial bridges branch directly out from the central court of the terminal, which contains all the services.

The compact design of the terminal reduces distances to a minimum between check-in counters and gates.

The airport is powered by solar panels and has a central heating system with recovery of residual heat, supported by a geothermal heat pump. It also has a system for the collection and management of rainwater.