Renzo Piano’s Kansai airport has a mile-long high-tech terminal

Next in our high-tech architecture series is Renzo Piano‘s Kansai International Airport, which was built on an artificial island in Osaka Bay. The high-tech architecture movement, of which the Italian architect Piano was a key proponent, was defined by buildings that utilised the latest developments in technology and industrial design. Japan‘s Kansai International Airport, with its asymmetrical clear-span […]

Norman Foster’s Stansted Airport “challenged all the rules of terminal design”

Thirty-six structural trees support the roof of Stansted Airport by Norman Foster‘s studio, which is the next project in our high-tech architecture series. At London’s Stansted Airport, British firm Foster Associates, which is now Foster + Partners, turned the typical airport layout upside-down by placing all of the heavy environmental services underground, instead of on the rooftop. […]

Zaha Hadid Architects and Cox Architecture reveal visuals of Sydney airport

Zaha Hadid Architects and Cox Architecture have unveiled the design of an airport in Sydney that is modelled on traditional Australian architecture and natural landscapes. Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport, named after a famous Australian pilot, has been designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and Cox Architecture for a rural 1,780-hectare site in the city’s […]

Zaha Hadid Architects’ giant starfish-shaped airport opens in Beijing

Zaha Hadid Architects has completed its five-pronged terminal building at Beijing Daxing International Airport, which is one of the largest airports in the world. Designed by the late Zaha Hadid and current studio principal Patrik Schumacher, along with airport specialist ADPI, the 700,000-square-metre terminal to serve Beijing has been designed to be as compact as […]

360-degree images reveal inside Zaha Hadid Architects’ Beijing Daxing International Airport

Chinese television channel CGTN has released 360-degree photography that shows the interiors of Zaha Hadid Architects‘ airport terminal building in Beijing, which is set to open next month. The images allow people to virtually explore the terminal building at the Beijing Daxing International Airport in China. They feature alongside visualisations and infographics in an interactive […]

Foster + Partners’ Marseille airport plans come under scrutiny for carbon emissions

A glazed terminal building at Marseille Provence Airport designed by Foster + Partners has come under fire from France’s environmental authorities over fears it could hinder France‘s target to be carbon-neutral by 2050. The Autorité Environnementale (AE) issued a report calling on the developer Aeroport Marseille Provence (AMP) and the French state to “demonstrate the compatibility of […]

SOM designs concourse terminals for Studio ORD’s Chicago O’Hare airport

American firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has been selected to design a pair of concourse terminals as part of the major Chicago O’Hare Airport expansion. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) will design two new satellite concourses, measuring 1.2 million square feet (111,483 square metres), to form part of the new O’Hare project, the City of […]

Foster + Partners unveils Uber Air Skyport for Santa Clara

British architecture firm Foster + Partners has revealed plans to build an Uber Air Skyport in a new neighbourhood in Santa Clara. Foster + Partners‘ skyport would part of a new housing and commercial development that the firm is designing for developer Related Companies in Santa Clara – a city in California’s technology hub Silicon […]

MAD reveals “snowflake” design for China’s Harbin Airport Terminal Three

Architecture firm MAD has proposed building a snowflake-shaped third terminal at Harbin Airport, China, which would feature indoor gardens for travellers. MAD’s design for Harbin Airport Terminal Three would increase the capacity of the airport serving the capital of Heilongjiang, China’s most northern province. The airport terminal is designed to serve 43 million passengers on […]

Pentagram creates Flight Center font for hotel in Eero Saarinen’s JFK airport terminal

Lettering used in Eero Saarinen‘s 1960s TWA Flight Center at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York provided the cues for the branding of the new hotel in the terminal building. Graphic design firm Pentagram was enlisted to create the new typeface for the TWA Hotel at JFK in Queens, New York City, which is slated […]

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