First images of Kuwait Airport's upcoming terminal

Oil-rich Gulf Arab state's $2.1bn airport expansion plan aims to double annual passenger capacity
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An artist's image of the state-of-the-art terminal building that will be developed at Kuwait International Airport to significantly increase the aviation hub's overall capacity, while setting a new environmental benchmark for airport buildings
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Foster + Partners has designed a flexible masterplan for the site, with the terminal strategically located to anticipate and enable future expansion
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The airport will initially accommodate 13 million passengers per year, with the flexibility to increase to 25 million passengers and to accommodate 50 million passengers with further development
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The terminal has a trefoil plan, comprising three symmetrical wings of departure gates. Each facade spans 1.2 kilometres and all extend from a dramatic 25-metre-high central space. To further aid orientation, the building is planned under a single roof canopy, punctuated by glazed openings that filter daylight, while deflecting direct solar radiation
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The canopy extends to shade a generous entrance plaza and is supported by tapering concrete columns their fluid, organic forms draw inspiration from the contrast between the solidity of the stone and the shape and movement of Kuwait's traditional dhow sailing boats
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The project targets LEED gold it aims to be the first passenger terminal in the world to attain this level of environmental accreditation
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The concrete structure provides thermal mass and the roof incorporates a large expanse of photovoltaic panels to harvest solar energy.
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Kuwait International Airport has unveiled its $2.1bn expansion plans which will more than double its annual passenger capacity
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At present, the airport has a capacity of around 5.69 million passengers per year and can accommodate 46,930 aircraft
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Kuwait airport’s expansion is part of Gulf nations’ plans to spend around $90bn on airport development by 2020, the general manager of Fujairah International Airport told Arabian Business in June
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The region’s aviation sector is poised to see eight new runways and the refurbishment and expansion of airports and military bases, as Gulf states move to position themselves as global travel hubs
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Aviation has been earmarked as a key growth area for the Gulf over the next decade. The wider Middle East is forecast to see 400 million air travellers by 2020, according to IATA data
Tue 11 Oct 2011 12:21 PM GST