Hamad International Airport Passenger Terminal Complex 89
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
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.
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.
Published on Oct 1, 2015
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