Foster + Partners designs new terminal at Saudi Arabia’s Abha Airport

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Foster + Partners has won a design competition for a new terminal at Abha Airport in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern Aseer province.

The buildings will be arranged in interconnected, human-scale clusters between the drop off zone and the apron.

Structures are tapered, with designs inspired by traditional Aseeri patterns and building materials.

Many buildings will have stone walls and diffused daylighting, allowing internal spaces to be comfortable and cool. The layout uses prevailing winds to increase natural ventilation.

Its modularity allows for flexible future expansions.

Stefan Behling, Foster + Partners’ head of studio, said: “Learning from the local vernacular, our terminal guides passengers through a series of inviting human-scale spaces and connects them with green courtyards, which are open to the elements.

“This is a complete reinvention of the airport as we know it, with an emphasis on traditional Aseeri details, local materials and terraced landscaping. It is both a celebration of – and an introduction to – the beauty of the Aseer Region.”

Nikolai Malsch, Foster + Partners’ senior partner, said: “Buildings open onto landscaped courtyards that are surrounded by retail, restaurants and cafes. Those waiting to board have the option to browse the shops and enjoy refreshments inside the airport or in the open air.

“Learning from the materiality of the nearby village, rough stone facades contrast with a more colourful and refined interior palette. This anchors the scheme within its context and creates a distinctive gateway to the Aseer Region.”

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