Top firms compete to design world’s largest airport

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Seven architecture firms – including Foster + Partners, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects and HOK – have been shortlisted to design the world’s largest airport near Beijing.

Situated 50 kilometres south of China’s capital, the airport will be four times larger than Heathrow with nine runways.

The 5,400 hectare scheme is scheduled to open in 2017 with a capacity to serve 200 million passengers a year.


The plans respond to the growing demand for air travel in China. Beijing Capital International Airport, the second busiest in the world, is currently running at full capacity.

In 2008, a new terminal (pictured) was delivered by Foster + Partners and Arup.

The remaining three bids for the new airport come from the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design, the East China Architecture Design and Research Institute and France’s ADPI, part of the Aéroports de Paris Group.

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