Abu Dhabi airport complex by Kohn Pedersen Fox

Kohn Pedersen Fox Image courtesy of KPF/Abu Dhabi Airports

Abu Dhabi Airport complex by Kohn Pedersen Fox
 
Serving as the gateway to the capital of the united arab emirates, Kohn Pedersen Fox has developed the Abu Dhabi international airport midfield complex. The scheme, integral to the city’s 2030 plan to transform the desert into the “garden of the gulf”, intends to provide the infrastructure for a socially cohesive and economically sustainable community.

Kohn Pedersen Fox Image courtesy of KPF/Abu Dhabi Airports

Raised up from ground level and visible from 1,500 meters away, the terminal dominates its surroundings. At night the transparent structure is illuminated, silhouetted against the sky. A sense of grandeur is achieved through the approach to the building, with the landscape forming a sequence of events culminating with arrival at the terminal.

Kohn Pedersen Fox Image courtesy of KPF/Abu Dhabi Airports

The main departure hall is a 50 meter tall volume which uses long span leaning arches to create a feeling of space and lightness. Supporting arches are visually separate from the roof plane, further evoking a sense of weightlessness. A program of communal areas, including an art gallery and a 8,400 square meter indoor park are complemented by 28,000 square meters of retail outlets.  

Kohn Pedersen Fox Image courtesy of KPF/Abu Dhabi Airports

Developers have been working closely with officials from masdar, a zero-carbon city being built within the vicinity of the airport. This has allowed for the sharing and implementation of ideas and techniques at both sites. Solid aluminum cladding and high performance angled glass have been used in tandem to minimize the thermal impact on the building.

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