RSHP to design T4 at Bao’an International Airport in Shenzhen
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in collaboration with China Northeast Architectural Design & Research Institute Co Ltd Shenzhen have won the design competition for Terminal 4 Bao’an International Airport in Shenzhen. The scheme will deliver a new 400,000 square meter terminal building with 60 new stands and connections to the mid-field satellite. Working with AECOM and Railway 2, the terminal will provide connections to existing and new transport infrastructure. The building aims to meet the demand of 31 million pax per annum, including 24 million international and 7 million domestic.
The terminal will be at the centre of a new ‘airport city’ and will be a landmark portal through which thousands of people pass every day. The design provides Shenzhen with a state-of-the-art terminal with a particular focus on passenger experience, wellbeing, and sustainability. Reflecting this forward-facing dynamic city and region, it will become part of the lexicon of next generation airports.
The entire frontage to the terminal is considered a cityscape rather than a traditional front door to the terminal. Stemming from the interior central garden is a network of landscaped pathways leading to the airside and landside as well as transportation connections within the terminal. The traditional relationship of the forecourt to the terminal has been transformed into a new city orientated environment. The design prioritises these movements and connections into streets and avenues where buses and trains provide service to a kerb street.
The building aims to meet a number of key sustainable design objectives. The building’s compact form, providing an optimal surface area to volume ratio, maximises the use of natural light whilst controlling solar gain. The project includes extensive vegetation, displacement ventilation, low water consumption including rainwater harvesting and a significant proportion of off-site prefabrication. These strategies as well as an efficient plan, equipment layout and the promotion of integrated public transport connections will all serve to minimize the building’s energy consumption in use.