London-based Zaha Hadid Architects and Paris-based ADP Ingeniérie (ADPI), a subsidiary of Paris-based airport authority Aéroports de Paris, have completed the concept design for the world’s largest airport passenger terminal—the Beijing New Airport Terminal Building. Sited in Daxing, the project was developed under the leadership of the Beijing New Airport quarters (BNAH). The design scheme is based on the 2011 bid-winning submission by ADPI in an international competition. Zaha Hadid Architects became involved in Oct. 2014 when the BNAH formed the Joint Design Team, in collaboration with group members Buro Happold, Mott MacDonald, and EC Harris.
Beijing’s current airport, the Capital Airport, exceeds capacity, which calls for the development of the new one. Initially designed to accommodate 45 million passengers per year, the new terminal can operate in several different configurations, depending on the amount of traffic. The new terminal will also feature a multi-modal transport center with direct links to local and national rail services, such as the Gaotie high speed rail. There is no word yet on when construction will start or what the costs will be.