The Impressive Daxing Airport Terminal Building
The colossal new airport of Bejing, Daxing Airport, is expected to be operational at the end of September 2019. The much-awaited grand opening of the airport will reveal its outstanding terminal building which will be the second biggest in the world, after the New Istanbul Airport’s Terminal. In the future, a second terminal (South Terminal) is planned to be constructed as the annual airport’s passenger traffic is projected to rise to more than 100 million in the long run.
The Unique Designing of Daxing Airport Terminal
The terminal building of the new airport is the “child” of the late architect Zaha Hadid and bears all the qualities of her work. The Starfish of Beijing as it is often called because of its shape covers a 1.000.000m2 area and has a large central space and 6 “tentacles”, resembling a giant “octopus”. Its golden roof has scattered windows allowing the natural light to illuminate the whole place.
The concept behind the design of the Terminal is to separate the arrivals from the departures. Thus, there will be two levels serving the arriving flights, both domestic and international, and two more, handling the departure airport duties. Hence, a single terminal building will be able to cover the needs of a large number of passengers, making the airport’s services more effective and economical.
The passengers will have the possibility to navigate through the central area where all the shops and the provided facilities will be located and then head to their departure gate, situated in one of the corridors. Therefore, amazingly, despite the huge size of the airport, the walking distance between the core center and each gate will not be more than 600 meters. Passengers will be able to shop and wander around care-free, knowing that their gate is only 8 minutes away at most.
Furthermore, it is stated that China Southern Airlines will be based on the west corridor while China Eastern Airlines will be found on the east one. The central “tentacle” will most probably host international flights.
The Innovations of the New Terminal
Daxing airport will pioneer the use of double-deck departure and arrival platforms and will be equipped with latest-technology services such as facial-recognition equipment and baggage-tracking systems. Aiming to be one of a kind, the new airport could only be extremely environmentally friendly. Low-carbon policies, solar panels and systems collecting the rainwater in order to further use it, are only some examples of the general philosophy that will inspire the airport’s operation.
What’s more, the whole design of Daxing airport is sparked by Chinese tradition and culture. Typical Chinese touches will be combined with futuristic elements while there will be five outdoor traditional Chinese gardens. The airport shape, after all, can easily be compared to a giant phoenix, a very characteristic Chinese symbol.
Lastly, below the terminal, there will be an enormous transportation hub, where the airport’s train and subway stations will be located. In the foreseeable future, a City Terminal will be constructed at Lize Financial Business Area. Once finished, the passengers using the terminal in question will have the possibility to directly check-in there and hand their luggage which will be directed straight to the airport.