Project: Queen Alia International Airport
Architect: Foster + Partners
Location: Amman, Jordan
Foster + Partners recently announced the opening of a new terminal for the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan. Securing the city's position as the main hub for the Levant region, the flexible, modular design of this airport allows for future expansion, with the goal of increasing passenger capacity from 3.5 million to 12 million by 2030. The complex geometric design of the roof echoes the veins of a leaf, with each exposed soffit drawing inspiration from traditional Islamic motifs, such as the black flowing fabric of a Bedouin tent. To deal with Amman's harsh arid climate, Foster + Partners designed the airport to be highly efficient by taking advantage of the thermal-mass properties of exposed concrete, while the roof canopy shades the terminals from direct sunlight—like a cool oasis in the middle of the desert!
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Photos: Nigel Young