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Hamad International Airport Passenger Terminal Complex 89

Doha, Qatar

Completion: 2015

The design of the passenger terminal complex

facades have similar high-performance glass

A deliberate lack of ornamentation provides

at Qatar’s replacement airport celebrates

that controls solar heat gain and glare.

passengers with an intrinsic understanding

form, surface and light while providing an

of movement and spatial function within

efficient yet inspirational experience for

Moving through an open immigration

the terminal. The team selected materials

travelers. As the landmark home for Qatar

area, originating passengers join transfer

for their longevity, sustainability and local

Airways, the country’s national airline,

passengers on the first floor under a vast

significance. Graceful structural arches are

the terminal can accommodate 30 million

central skylight that provides visual access

left unadorned, and the vast floor surface is

passengers annually and has 41 unrestricted

to one of five concourses. The two large

a combination of terrazzo in high-circulation

contact gates.

transfer hubs are linked by an automated

areas and carpet in ancillary spaces.

people mover. Through expressive architecture rooted in

South of the passenger terminal, a public

place, the iconic terminal creates a lasting

Arriving passengers progress to the ground-

mosque serves as the symbolic heart of the

impression on guests. While contemporary in

floor baggage hall and exit to a triple-volume

airport. Its domed prayer hall and slender

design to mirror Qatar’s progressive growth,

meeters and greeters hall with direct

minaret are visible from the entrance road.

the airport pays homage to the nation’s rich

access to taxi pavilions and an intermodal

The structures are set within a stone-paved

cultural heritage and natural environment.

transportation hub.

plaza dotted with fountain jets representing

The dramatic, curving building silhouette A vast wood ceiling in the longest concourse

project a powerful image as Qatar’s gateway

provides visual warmth that contrasts with

Guest amenities include two hotels, ample

to the world.

the sleek metal and glass surfaces. In other

duty free shopping, and a spa and health club.

concourses, vaulted metal ceilings mimic

An extensive public art program features

Departing passengers experience an

the undulating roof line. Glass envelops the

local and international artists’ work

undulating super roof in the light-filled

spacious hold rooms, quiet rooms, passenger

throughout the terminal.

departure hall. The steel-framed glass

activity nodes and 20 airline lounges.

wall provides unobstructed views from the

Skylights and interconnecting glass ceiling

curbside arrival area through the ticketing

“zippers” provide natural light and dramatic

hall, enabling passengers to easily find their

evening desert views.

destinations. The longer east and west

◄ main terminal

the purifying role of water.

recalls ocean waves and sand dunes to

2015 design annual

6.5 million sq. ft. / 604,000 sq. m.

2015 HOK Design Annual  

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