Construction of the new Red Sea International Airport in Saudi Arabia has begun.
Construction of the new Red Sea International Airport was started by Foster + Partners in Saudi Arabia. The airport is located on the west coast of the country and is part of a major tourism development project in the region.
With a project inspired by the "colors and textures of desert dunes", it will present a series of five structures arranged radially around a central delivery and withdrawal area.
Although not a large airport, the project promises to mark the landscape as a true work of art. There will be five dune boarding gates. Among them will be spaces full of vegetation and each of the five environments can be operated independently as "mini terminals", while the others can be turned off to reduce energy consumption.
Two wings will contain the auxiliary spaces of the airport, the logistical facilities and the handling of the luggage.
The airport will be ready by 2022.
Gerard Evenden, head of the studio, Foster + Partners, said: "Red Sea Airport has been designed as a gateway to one of the most exclusive resorts in the world and an integral part of the visitor experience. Inspired by the colors and textures of the desert landscape, the sustainable design tries to create a peaceful and luxurious journey through the terminal ”.
"It will become a transit hub for visitors arriving by land or air. We look forward to working with the Red Sea Development Company to fulfill the vision of this ambitious, unique project. ”, he concluded.
The study proposes that the airport obtain a LEED Platinum sustainability rating. It will be supplied 100% with renewable energy.
"The overall shape of the building has been designed to protect the indoor environment from sunlight and therefore substantially reduces the total energy demand for cooling the building by self-shading.", said the studio.