The winning design for the Western Sydney Airport passenger terminal has been awarded to the collaborative team of Zaha Hadid Architects and Cox Architecture for their proposal of a structure influenced by local flora.
The airport is an ambitious scheme planned for Badgerys Creek, approximately 51 kilometres west of the Sydney CBD. is planned to be operational by 2026.
Zaha Hadid Architect (ZHA) director Cristiano Ceccato said, “The design is an evolution of Australian architecture past, present and future. It draws inspiration from both traditional architectural features such as the veranda, as well as the natural beauty of the surrounding bushland.”
David Holm, Cox project director added, “The design takes inspiration from the unique local flora of Western Sydney and its unique natural qualities, such as the Great Australian Light. These spaces, colours and materials have been incorporated into the design to give the project an unmistakable regional identity.”
40 expressions of interest were put forward for the competition, with teams required to have at least three major airport or aviation projects in the past 10 years. One of the participating practices on each team needed to be permanently based in Australia.
ZHA designed the recently revealed Beijing Daxing International Airport, dubbed the Starfish, which comprises one of the largest passenger terminals in the world.
Shortlisted teams included:
- Designinc and Foster and Partners
- Architectus, Gensler, SAA Architects and Surbana Jurong
- Woods Bagot and RSHP with ASPECT Studios
- HASSELL and Pascall Watson
The project will be delivered in stages with the first stage featuring a 3.7-kilometre runway and facilities for up to 10 million passengers to traverse through the airport annually. Further stages will accommodate a projected 82 million annual passengers by 2060.
Western Sydney Airport was established in August 2017 for the construction of a new airport at Badgerys Creek. It plans to be completed by 2026.
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