Zaha Hadid Architects have designed a striking new airport terminal in Beijing, nicknamed ‘the starfish’ due to its design. The new airport is designed for further expansion to accommodate 100 million passengers and 4 million tonnes of cargo
 
The terminal building and ground transportation centre are designed to be user-focused, efficient and adaptable.
 
The design is taken from traditional Chinese architecture. This organises interconnected spaces around a central courtyard. The terminal’s design guides all passengers through the relevant zones towards the grand courtyard at its centre. This is a multilayered meeting space at the very heart of the terminal.
Flowing parabolic folds within the terminal’s vaulted roof reach to the ground to support the structure. They also bring natural light within, directing all passengers towards the central courtyard.
 
The design allows many plane gates in one terminal with a single passenger handling centre. This is instead of many smaller terminals and shuttle trains inter-connecting. This reduces the carbon footprint of the airport. Helping to achieve the airport’s targets of environmental management and sustainability.
 
The new airport will include an integrated transport centre. This will offer direct links to Beijing city centre, local rail services and the national high speed rail network.
 
In October 2014 the Beijing New Airport Headquarters (BNAH) created a Joint Design Team. This includes ADP Ingeniérie (ADPI) and Zaha Hadid Architects’ group members Buro Happold, Mott Macdonald and EC Harris. The project is led by the Local Design Institute under the leadership of BNAH.