Abu Dhabi’s International airport is set to grow significantly larger with a new facility, the Midfield Terminal Complex designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects. The terminal, along with the existing facilities is designed to accommodate annually up to 20 million passengers by 2015.
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The Abu Dhabi Airport Midfield Complex supports the tradition of transforming the desert into the “Garden of the Gulf.”
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“In this context the building is the dominant and most imposing structure on the horizon with a profile silhouetted against the sky. At night the building’s illuminated interior creates a transparent structure which is visible from the highway over 1,500 meters away.
On approaching the Terminal Building the roadway system and landscaping work together to create a sequence of events culminating in a monumental civic space inside the terminal. Internally the scale of the Departure Hall, a 50-meter-high space rendered largely column-free through the use of long span leaning arches, endows the building with an open, outdoor quality, with the supporting arches visually separated from the roof to enhance the lightweight feel. The civic nature of the central space, the heart of the X-shaped complex, is complemented by retail and food outlets, a program of public art including a gallery space, and a secluded garden.”
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