After five years of construction, the Beijing Daxing International Airport is finally set to open. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the new airport will be Beijing‘s second international airport and is estimated to have a capacity of 45 million passengers. It is slated to officially open on September 30, 2019.
The airport includes six sections centered around a main hub and will offer direct access to Beijing’s city center and to the country’s high-speed train network. The Daxing Airport also touts four runways and the ability to handle 300 take-offs and landings every hour.
Upon the opening of Daxing, the smaller Beijing Nanyuan Airport will be permanently closed to the public. The new Daxing airport is located on the border of the cities of Beijing and Langfang and is named for the Daxing District in Beijing. Sized at 700,000 square meters, Daxing is intended to ease pressure on Beijing Capital Airport, which ranks as one of the busiest airports in the world and is currently operating at full capacity.
This year also marked the completion of another major Zaha Hadid project — the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar. The stadium is the only site for 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar to be built entirely from scratch. Zaha Hadid Architects also constructed an innovative cube-shaped building Dubai earlier this month.
Watch the video above to see an up-close look at the Daxing Airport ahead of its opening in late September. In other design news, check out the sprawling new adidas headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany.