The terminal is part of a planned new airport located in the Daxing District of Beijing's southern suburbs, and its layout is said to resemble the form of a starfish.
The new hub will serve the world’s fastest growing aviation sector and enable further connections between Beijing and global cultural, economic and civic centres. Initially accommodating 45 million passengers each year, the terminal will be adaptable and sustainable, operating in many different configurations dependent on varying daily aircraft and passenger traffic.
The new Daxing airport will feature up to seven runways and include an integrated multi-modal transport centre that features direct links to local and national rail services.
ADPI Ingenierie, a French company that owns and looks after Paris Charles de Daulle and Orly airports, won the bid to design the BNAT back in 2011. The firm has now teamed up with Zaha Hadid Architects to collaborate on an optimised concept design.