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Foster + Partners reveals Kuwait airport proposals

Foster + Partners has released these images of its proposed new Kuwait International Airport

The terminal has been designed to handle around 12 million passengers a year but could be expanded further to accommodate 50 million passengers.

Mouzhan Majidi, chief Executive of Foster + Partners, said: ‘The scale of the airport shows Kuwait’s great foresight in recognising the benefits of strategic investment in future infrastructure.

‘The environmental ambitions driving the project are equally impressive. We are pleased to have this opportunity to reveal our designs. The emblematic three-winged form will be as memorable from the air as from the ground – a new symbol of contemporary Kuwait, which resonates with its rich culture and history.’


The architect’s view

Its design is rooted in a sense of place, responsive to the climate of one of the hottest inhabited environments on earth and inspired by local forms and materials.

The terminal has a trefoil plan, comprising three symmetrical wings of departure gates. Each façade spans 1.2 kilometres and all extend from a dramatic 25-metre-high central space. The terminal balances the enclosure of this vast area with a design that is highly legible at a human scale – for simplicity and ease of use there are few level changes.

To further aid orientation, the building is planned under a single roof canopy, punctuated by glazed openings that filter daylight, while deflecting direct solar radiation. The canopy extends to shade a generous entrance plaza and is supported by tapering concrete columns – their fluid, organic forms draw inspiration from the contrast between the solidity of the stone and the shape and movement of Kuwait’s traditional dhow sailing boats.


Previous story (AJ 08.03.2011)

Kuwait airport win for Foster + Partners

Foster & Partners has won a contract to design the new terminal at Kuwait International Airport

The project is the firm’s second in the country, following the design of the National Bank of Kuwait headquarters, reports Arab Times.

Foster + Partners is involved in several projects in the region including Abu Dhabi National Museum, Saudi Economic City and a stadium in Qatar.

An Abu Dhabi office was opened by the practice in 2008.

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  • Why do the tapering concrete columns draw their inspiration from the contrast between the solidity of the stone and the shape and movement of Kuwait’s traditional dhow sailing boats?

    It is an airport.

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