Being second-biggest and second-busiest just isn't enough for Beijing.

ADP ingeniérie (ADPI) and zaha hadid architects have designed the world's largest passenger terminal for the new Beijing airport being built in Daxing County. It looks like a space station.

The terminal is designed to handle 45 million passengers per year, just over half of the 86 million people that passed through Beijing International Capital Airport (BCIA) in 2014, which is already over capacity.

Interestingly, while the overall design looks like a six-pointed throwing star, the front facade looks very similar to BCIA's profile. See all the sketches here. Take that, Dubai!

Don't forget that 18 months ago, Beijing Capital International Airport was named the world's most delayed airport.

Photo: Design Boom/zaha hadid architects


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