Abu Dhabi International Airport: The Midfield Complex
The capital of the United Arab Emirates is undergoing a substantial facelift. Particularly by way of an architectural project by New York and London based firm Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF). By 2030, the city will transformed, the population, according to the plans, will grow to three times (up to 3 million people), and excellent infrastructure must follow.
Of course, Abu Dhabi already has an international airport – it was built in 1982, and in 2010 it became the "best airport in the Middle East" as voted by the Airports Council International. KPF have, however taken up their project of another international airport, to be called the Abu Dhabi International Airport Midfield Complex. It will take up to 30 million passengers per year - up to 8,500 per hour.
The grandiose Midfield Complex building will be seen over a mile. The main terminal is 50 metres high. Under aluminium dome-shaped arches - that give the construction a lightening effect - public areas will be housed, with almost 30,000 square metres of retail space, a green garden area of almost 8,500 square meters, and even an art gallery.