New images have been unveiled for Foster + Partners-designed new airport in Saudi Arabia. The new design, selected by AMAALA, an ultra-luxury tourism project on Saudi Arabia's northwestern coast that is inspired by the Red Sea, was revealed to the public in a press release on June 24, 2020.
The project will comprise a terminal building and a tower - which was conceptualized by the UK based architecture practice Foster + Partners, while the airport master plan was designed by Egis, an international consultancy and engineering group. Taking inspiration from the optical illusion of a desert mirage, the new airport is expected for completion in 2023 and is estimated to accommodate one million travellers per year once it officially opens.
"On approaching the airport, travellers will see stunning land art from the air. Entering the terminal, visitors will be greeted with a sleek mirrored edifice rising from the desert," stated in a press release. It will include a spacious courtyard and will anchor the terminal. Its sleek interiors will complement the whole structure with unique artwork and tailored experiences. "The airport will reflect AMAALA’s ultra-luxury hospitality spirit, providing an exclusive private-club experience perfectly encapsulating AMAALA’s pillars of art and culture; wellness and sport; and sea, sun, and lifestyle," added in a statement.
"Responding to the surrounding landscape, the terminal building will form an exclusive gateway to the AMAALA resort," said Senior Executive Partner of Foster + Partners, Gerard Evenden. " "Focusing on the themes of art, wellbeing and sport, the design seeks to establish a new model for private terminals that provides a seamless experience from resort to aeroplane." "A gateway to AMAALA, visitors will be greeted by personalised experiences from the moment they step off the plane. From design to personalisation, this will be no ordinary airport," Chief Executive Officer of AMAALA, Nicholas Naples.