Kuwait International Airport Terminal, Foster + Partners

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Kuwait International Airport

Kuwait International Airport Building, Middle East – design by Foster + Partners

17 + 10 Mar 2017

Kuwait International Airport Terminal Construction

Design: Foster + Partners

Kuwait International Airport Building News

A project to build a new terminal in Kuwait International Airport will now be completed in four years.

The timeframe is a reduction from the initial estimate of six years, Minister of Public Works Abdulrahman Al-Mutawa said yesterday, reports the Kuwait Times.

The elegant Y-shaped building design is by wolrd-famous architecture practice Foster + Partners, headquartered in London, UK.

Kuwait International Airport Building

All images by Foster + Partners

In a statement to the press Al-Mutawa said that the ministry will examine the feasibility of a plan to expedite the airport terminal project.

Meanwhile, he noted that the ministry is eager to ensure seamless flow of traffic in the country through a number of pending projects to build new roads.

Kuwait International Airport Building

Kuwait International Airport Building

Kuwait International Airport Building

Kuwait International Airport Building

Kuwait International Airport Building

The Minister of Public Works also heaped praise on the ministry for earning the Arab League awards, urging its workforce to strive for further success.

Once complete, the new passenger terminal will have a capacity to handle 25 million passengers per year and be able to handle all aircraft types through 51 new gates and stands.

Kuwait International Airport Building

source: http://news.kuwaittimes.net/website/public-works-eyes-shorter-timeframe-airport-project/

30 May 2016

Kuwait International Airport Terminal Construction

Kuwait International Airport Building News

Turkey’s Limak Construction has signed a contract to build the new terminal at Kuwait International Airport.

Kuwait International Airport Building

The development comes nine months after reports first emerged that it had won the work, and more than 18 months after reports said that all initial bids had been rejected.

The company, which is part of the 50,000-strong Limak Holding group, submitted a bid of US$4.34 billion to carry out the work and was told by Kuwait’s central tenders committee last August that its bid was the lowest.

source: http://www.thenational.ae/business/aviation/limak-signs-434bn-deal-to-build-kuwait-international-airport-terminal

4 Oct 2011

Kuwait International Airport Terminal


Architects: Foster + Partners

Designs unveiled for Kuwait International Airport

Kuwait International Airport is planned to significantly increase capacity and establish a new regional air hub in the Gulf – the project’s strategic aims will be matched by a state-of-the-art terminal building, which will provide the highest levels of comfort for passengers and will set a new environmental benchmark for airport buildings. Its design is rooted in a sense of place, responsive to the climate of one of the hottest inhabited environments on earth and inspired by local forms and materials.

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pictures : Foster + Partners

The terminal has a trefoil plan, comprising three symmetrical wings of departure gates. Each façade spans 1.2 kilometres and all extend from a dramatic 25-metre-high central space. The terminal balances the enclosure of this vast area with a design that is highly legible at a human scale – for simplicity and ease of use there are few level changes.

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. 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.

The project targets LEED ‘gold’ – it aims to be the first passenger terminal in the world to attain this level of environmental accreditation. The concrete structure provides thermal mass and the roof incorporates a large expanse of photovoltaic panels to harvest solar energy.

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pictures : Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has designed a flexible masterplan for the site, with the terminal strategically located to anticipate and enable future expansion. 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.

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. We are pleased to have this opportunity to reveal our designs. The emblematic three-winged form will be as memorable from the air as from the ground – a new symbol of contemporary Kuwait, which resonates with its rich culture and history.”

Nikolai Malsch, a partner at Foster + Partners, said: “We look forward to continuing to work with the Ministry of Public Works and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation Kuwait on the planning and design of the new airport. We have established an excellent working relationship with our client – we have a shared goal to create a terminal that is an exemplar of sustainable design and will establish Kuwait as the region’s leading air hub.”

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Kuwait International Airport Terminal Building – Background Information

• The layout of the apron is generated by aviation forecasts and is highly adaptable, with 35 flexible contact stands in its first phase.

• Drawing on the region’s culture of hospitality and welcoming guests to Kuwait, the design establishes an elegant and memorable arrival sequence for passengers, which includes a baggage reclaim area surrounded by cooling cascades of water.

• The design also features a grand new landside access sequence from the south – close to the building, the landscaping is a lush oasis, with strands of drier planting and species native to the desert climate extending further away from the terminal.

• Inside, the different functions are arranged over three floors: departures, arrivals and baggage areas.

Kuwait International Airport
picture : Foster + Partners

Kuwait International Airport Terminal – Building Information

Foster + Partners team: Norman Foster
Stefan Behling, Nikolai Malsch
Morgan Fleming, Michael Gardner, Reinhard Joecks, Hugo D’Enjoy Ochoa, Abdelkader El-Chgar, Tillmann Lenz, Gordon Seiles, Gabriele Coccia, Paul Christian, Rie Hasloev, Dirk Jantz, Kristine Ngan

Client: Ministry of Public works / Special Works Administration
Local collaborating architect: Gulf Consult
Airport Consultant: NACO
Engineering: Arup
Landscape Architect: Capita Lovejoy
Quantity Surveyor: Davis Langdon LLP
Traffic Consultant: Parsons Brinckerhoff

Kuwait International Airport Terminal images / information from Foster + Partners

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Location: Farwaniyah, Kuwait – 15.5 km (9.6 miles) south of Kuwait City

Website: Kuwait International Airport Terminal by Foster + Partners

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