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AJ100 Building of the year 2009 - Beijing Capital International Airport

The judges were impressed by its elegant, soaring form and light-filled interior, which creates a memorable and inspiring environment for the 50 million passengers who will travel through the terminal by 2020

WINNER Foster + Partners
Beijing Capital International Airport
Terminal 3, Beijing, China


The judges voted unanimously for Foster + Partners’ Beijing Airport. They were impressed by its elegant, soaring form and light-filled interior, which creates a memorable and inspiring environment for the 50 million passengers who will travel through the terminal by 2020. The building incorporates subtle references to Chinese architectural traditions, giving it a strong sense of place. Integrated public transport and short walking distances for passengers have been carefully addressed. The jury also recognised the challenge of delivering such a technically complex building in this location.

Criteria
Practices were asked to nominate a single project completed in 2008, which was assessed by the AJ100 judging panel

Judges
Ruth Reed, RIBA president elect
Lynne Sullivan, architect and founder of SustainableBYDesign
Kieran Long, editor-in-chief, The Architects’ Journal and the Architectural Review
Hattie Hartman, sustainability editor, The Architects’ Journal

Shortlisted
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, St Mary Magdalene Academy, London
Allies and Morrison, 13b Paradise Street, Liverpool
HOK/Populous, Haileybury Almaty School, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Eric Parry Architects, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London

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