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Fuksas reveals 'honeycomb' airport in Shenzhen

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Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas’ competition-winning £600 million airport in Shenzhen, China, opened to passengers yesterday (29 November)

Designed to ‘evoke the image of a manta ray’ the terminal, which contains 78 gates will be able to handle up to 45 million passengers a year.

The 1.5 km long terminal that contains roofspans of up to 80m is clad with a double skin ‘honeycomb motif’. Glass panels in the metal structure allow natural light to filter into the building.

Fuksas beat British practices Foster + Partners and Foreign Office Architects, as well as Gmp International, Kisho Kurokawa and Reiser+Umemoto in an international competition to design the project in 2008.

Studio Fuksas have been engaged on two further planned phases of the airport expansion that are scheduled to complete in 2025 and 2035.


Project data

Dates 2008 - 2013
Size 500,000 sq.m. / 5,381,955 sq.ft (approximately)
Architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas
Interior design Fuksas Design
Client Shenzhen Airport
Developer Shenzhen Planning Bureau; Shenzhen Airport (Group) Co., Ltd.
Contractor China State Construction Engineering Corporation
Structures, façade and parametric design Knippers Helbig Engineering
Architect of record BIAD (Beijing Institute of Architectural Design)
Lighting consulting Speirs & Major Associates
Cost €734,000,000

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