You’d be forgiven for mistaking Beijing’s new airport for an alien spaceship.
After all, with its spider-esque layout and vibrant orange hues, the Beijing Daxing International Airport boasts a pretty eye-catching with its spider-like layout.
Set to be one of the world’s largest airports, the fact that it’s an impressive architectural feat comes as no surprise considering it was designed by the late Zaha Hadid, who has been behind some pretty incredible buildings around the world.
It’s estimated that once complete, the airport will host approximately 72 million passengers annually by 2025.
But in reality, it’s been designed to accommodate a total of 100 million passengers, allowing for plenty of expansion where necessary.
Not to mention it’s expected that 630,000 flights will take off and land across its four runways.
The terminal building itself is 700,000 sq m and will be integrated into the city’s existing transport links to help make passengers’ journeys that little bit easier.
Meanwhile the whole design aims to make everything a little bit easier by cutting the distances passengers have to travel from the check-in desk through to the boarding gates themselves.
The central body of the airport will serve as the main hub where there’ll be plenty of restaurants and shops, with each ‘arm’ leading out to the boarding gates.
Using one central terminal is also aimed to help reduce the carbon footprint caused by the aircraft.
You’ll have to wait a little longer if you want to check it out for yourself, as construction is still ongoing, although the airport is due to open in September 2019.
A need for a second airport in Beijing arose after the original international airport reached full capacity.
In 2011 a competition was held for architects to take on the project, which is being led by the Beijing New Airport Headquarters. In 2014 it joined forces with the likes of Zaha Hadid architects.
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