Amazing Kuwait Airport Design Seeks LEED

Designs for a Leadership in Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified passenger terminal is underway in the Middle East. Architecture firm Foster + Partners are designing the new Kuwait International Airport that was recently featured on Dezeen Magazine.

The futurist looking structure includes three symmetrical wings that span nearly one mile. According to sources, the goal of the airport is to create a hub for the Middle East that will set a new environmental standard for airport buildings, but will also provide a place where passengers will be able to seek out comfort. The building will be made of concrete which provides thermal mass and cooling.

image via Foster+Partners

The design also takes advantage of the country’s more than 300 days of sunshine a year. The airport’s roof , a single canopy, will be outfitted with photovoltaic panels to capture the abundance of the sun and turn it into solar energy. The roof will also be punctuated by glazed openings that filter daylight, while deflecting direct solar radiation.

Architects have designed a flexible masterplan for the site, to enable additional growth in future years.  Initially, the terminal will be able to accommodate 13 million passengers per year, with the flexibility to increase to 25 million passengers and later, up to 50 million passengers with additional development.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.