Foster + Partners has unveiled its design for Kuwait International Airport, a major regional hub with a capacity for 13 million passengers a year.
The firm’s passenger terminal design comprises three symmetrical wings of departure gates, each extending 1,200 metres from a 25-metre-high central space.
Sustainable measures, such as roof-mounted photovoltaic panels, will help the building become the first passenger terminal in the world to achieve LEED Gold status.
Mouzhan Majidi, chief executive of Foster + Partners, commented: “The scale of the airport shows Kuwait’s great foresight in recognising the benefits of strategic investment in future infrastructure. The environmental ambitions driving the project are equally impressive.”
To aid orientation, the building is planned under a single roof canopy with minimal level changes.
The canopy extends to shade a large entrance plaza and is supported by tapering concrete columns inspired by the traditional dhow sailing boats.
The terminal is strategically located to enable future expansion to accommodate up to 50 million passengers a year.