Kuwait Signs New Kuwait Airport Contract
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The cabinet is expected during its weekly meeting today to make the final decision regarding the practice to build a new airport in Kuwait. According to informed sources, it is almost certain that the cabinet will instruct the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) to give the KD 1.312 billion project to Limak company.

Kuwait International Airport is planned to significantly increase capacity and establish a new regional air hub in the Gulf – the project’s strategic aims will be matched by a state-of-the-art terminal building, which will provide the highest levels of comfort for passengers and will set a new environmental benchmark for airport buildings. Its design is rooted in a sense of place, responsive to the climate of one of the hottest inhabited environments on earth and inspired by local forms and materials.

Kuwait signs New Kuwait Airport Contract

The terminal has a trefoil plan, comprising three symmetrical wings of departure gates. Each facade spans 1.2 kilometers and all extend from a dramatic 25-meter-high central space. The terminal balnces the enclosure of this vast area with a design that is highly legible at a human scale – for simplicity and ease of use there are few level changes.

To future aid orientation, the building is planned under a single roof canopy, punctuated by glazed openings that filter daylight, while deflecting direct solar radiation. The canopy extends to shade a generous entrance plaza and is supported by tapering concrete columns – their fluid, organic forms draw inspiration from the contrast between the solidity of the stone and movement of Kuwait’s traditional dhow sailing boats.

Kuwait signs New Kuwait Airport Contract

The project targets LEED ‘gold’ – it aims to be the first passenger terminal in the world to attain this level of environmental accreditation. The conrete structure provides thermal mass and the roof incorporates a large expanse of photovolatic panels to harvest solar energy.

The Site has flexible masterplan, with the terminal strategically located to anticipate and enable future expansion. The airport will initially accomodate 13 million passengers per year, with the flexibility to increase to 25 million passengers and to accomodate 50 million passengers with future development.

30 May, 2016 0 2152
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