The new Midfield Terminal Complex at Abu Dhabi International Airport was just approved by the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi. Within master plan, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), the terminal is conceived as a gateway to the city. The design creates large, unimpeded internal zones that will enhance the passenger experience, and can accommodate long‐term adaptability to industry demands. More images and architects’ description after the break.
With ground works already commenced on site, a contractor will now be appointed to commence work on the construction of the terminal complex. The decision to approve the terminal complex is critical to consolidate Abu Dhabi’s position as a transport hub and tourist destination. Other approved schemes, such as the cultural projects on Saadiyat Island, are also integral in this strategy. The architects are excited by the approval, which enables them to move forward in realizing this important piece of infrastructure. The terminal complex is designed to form part of a memorable experience for the millions passengers who will use it each year.
Uniquely engineered, long‐span arches support a soaring roof and reach 50 meters at their highest point. Conversely, the internal scale of the departure hall endows the building with an openness that allows for meaningful connectivity between the outdoor landscaping and the indoor civic space. The terminal complex is designed to serve Abu Dhabi and Etihad Airways well into the 21st century and act as a key driver for the UAE’s economy and growth for decades to come.”
The Midfield Terminal Complex is integral to Plan Abu Dhabi 2030, a framework for the Emirate’s future development and projected population growth. The ultimate capacity will exceed 50 million travelers and 2 million tons of cargo per year.