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Beijing Daxing International Airport wins SBID International Design Awards 2021

Beijing Daxing International Airport has been named winner of the Society of British International Interior Design (SBID) International Design Awards 2021, in the ‘public space design’ category.

The SBID International Design Awards recognise, reward and celebrate design excellence across a broad range of categories, judged on their technical content and aesthetic creativity by leading industry experts as well as the public.

Beijing Daxing is 46km south of the city (20 mins by express train). Its 700,000m² passenger terminal includes a ground transportation centre offering direct connections with the national high-speed rail network and local train services.

Echoing principles within traditional Chinese architecture that organise interconnected spaces around a central courtyard, the design guides all passengers seamlessly through the relevant departure, arrival or transfer zones towards the courtyard at its centre.

6 flowing forms within the terminal’s vaulted roof reach to the ground to support the structure and bring natural light within, directing all passengers towards the central court. Linear skylights provide an intuitive system of navigation throughout the building, guiding passengers to and from their departure gates.

The compact radial design allows a maximum number of aircraft to be parked directly at the terminal with minimum distances from the centre of the building, providing exceptional convenience for passengers and flexibility in operations.

5 aircraft piers radiate from the terminal’s main central court where all passenger services & amenities are located, enabling passengers to walk the short distances from check-in to all gates in under 8 minutes.

Incorporating 10MW of photovoltaic power generation, centralised heating with waste heat recovery and one of the world’s largest composite ground-source heat pump systems, the airport implements rainwater collection and a water management network with natural storage, natural permeation and natural purification of up to 2.8 million cubic meters of water in new wetlands, lakes and streams.

The quality of Beijing Daxing’s design and construction continues to be acknowledged by institutions around the world. The airport received Special Honoree recognition at the Architizer A+ awards in 2020, and was also named both ‘People’s Choice’ and ‘Jury Winner’ of the transport category. The airport was also awarded the ‘World Winner - Airports’ title at the Prix Versailles 2020, and won the Blueprint Awards for Best Public-Use Project with Public Funding, as well as The PLAN award in the ‘Transport’ category. Other acknowledgements includes a 2020 World Architecture Community Award and the Project Management Institute listing Beijing Daxing International Airport on their 2020 list of ‘Most Influential Projects’.

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Photographs by Hufton+Crow