Foster + Partners designed terminal to handle nine million passengers annually
SAS International has announced to announce that a range of its architectural metalwork solutions have been installed at the new 103,000 sqm terminal at Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA).
It is expected to handle an increased capacity of nearly nine million passengers.
Architects Foster + Partners constructed the terminal entirely from concrete as the high thermal mass of the material provides passive environmental control catering for the varying summer temperatures of Amman’s climate. The tessellated roof canopy with concrete domes, extends to shade the facades. Each dome is a modular unit to enable seamless future expansion.
The location allows the airport to grow by 6 per cent per annum for the next twenty-five years, increasing capacity from 3 million to 12.8 million passengers per annum by 2030.
Andrew Jackson, director at SAS International said: “Balancing function with aesthetics is one of the biggest demands when considering products for transportation hubs.
The choice of materials and innovative products all have a part to play in providing not only a distinct finish to enhance the vision, but also an environment that is comfortable for the volumes of people in transit, with acoustic control addressed.”