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Old April 6th, 2008, 07:21 PM   #1261
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Did Hong Kong International Airport helped to design the Terminal 3? Because many things looks like the same like HKIA, for example: the entrance, the signposts, the hall, the shuttletrains...
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Old April 6th, 2008, 08:59 PM   #1262
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Did Hong Kong International Airport helped to design the Terminal 3? Because many things looks like the same like HKIA, for example: the entrance, the signposts, the hall, the shuttletrains...
Well, both airports were designed by Sir Norman Foster of Foster + Partners, so yes, there is some similarity.
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Old April 7th, 2008, 06:49 AM   #1263
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roofing is sucks....KLIA has the best roofing (wood colored-steel). but it has the similarity with HKIA in term of wide open space feeling....
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Old April 7th, 2008, 04:58 PM   #1264
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Old April 8th, 2008, 01:40 PM   #1265
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Very Beutiful and Will the Best airport.
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Old April 9th, 2008, 02:35 AM   #1266
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last pics are stunning!
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Old April 9th, 2008, 06:02 AM   #1267
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How much is a cup of Starbuck cost in BCIA?
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Old April 9th, 2008, 06:14 AM   #1268
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@ [anyone/everyone]

Some time ago, there was a picture posted somewhere in the SSC Forums of a map of the final-phased extent of BCIA's development masterplan.

In that masterplan, BCIA would, eventually, have 5 runways.

Does anyone have a copy of it? If someone has, can he/she be kind enough to post it here.

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Old April 10th, 2008, 06:56 PM   #1269
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is it this one?

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Old April 10th, 2008, 08:48 PM   #1270
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This terminal is absolutely gorgeous. I think it really gives passengers a first hand view of how well China is progressing. Also I can't believe the jet bridges have escalators, talk about advanced!!!



I noticed these "lie flat" seats. I could have used these seats when I needed to spend an overnight in the Chicago O'Hare terminal last year.

Best idea ever.
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Old April 11th, 2008, 04:12 PM   #1271
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Drive to T3

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Old April 14th, 2008, 01:08 AM   #1272
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Old April 15th, 2008, 11:23 PM   #1273
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Stunning airport marvalous!
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Old April 16th, 2008, 04:20 AM   #1274
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incredible, the 2008 World Airport
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Old May 3rd, 2008, 07:16 PM   #1275
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Beijing Air Terminal Goes All Out for the Games






May 2, 2008
Beijing Air Terminal Goes All Out for the Games

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DAVID BARBOZA


BEIJING — Beijing airport’s new Terminal 3 — twice the size of the Pentagon — is the largest building in the world.

Adorned with the colors of imperial China and a roof that evokes the scales of a dragon, the massive glass- and steel-sheathed structure, designed by the renowned British architect Norman Foster, cost $3.8 billion and can handle more than 50 million passengers a year. The developers call it the “most advanced airport building in the world,” and say it was completed in less than four years, a timetable some believed impossible.

It opened in late February with little fanfare, but also without the kind of glitches that plagued the new $8.7 billion terminal at Heathrow in London, a project that took six years to complete.

This is the image China would like to project as it hosts the Olympic Games this summer — a confident rising power constructing dazzling monuments exemplifying its rapid progress and its audacious ambition.

While much of the world has focused on protests trailing the Olympic torch, China’s poor human rights record, its pollution, product safety and child labor scandals, workers here have been putting the finishing touches on one of the biggest building programs the world has ever seen.

Beijing hopes to overcome these negatives, and the dark sides of its roaring economy, by emphasizing its ability to upgrade and modernize, at least when it comes to buildings and infrastructure projects. The main Olympic stadium, nicknamed the Bird’s Nest, is already widely admired for its striking appearance and its use of an unusual steel mesh exterior. The nearby National Aquatics Center, known as the Water Cube, is a translucent blue bubble that glows in the dark.

And east of the main Olympic arenas, construction is winding down on the new headquarters of the country’s main state television network, China Central Television, or CCTV.

That $700 million building, designed by Rem Koolhaas, consists of two interlocking Z-shaped towers that rise 767 feet and may be the world’s largest and most expensive media headquarters.

New York has the Chrysler Building, Grand Central and the Guggenheim Museum; Paris has the Louvre and the Pompidou Center; now Beijing is determined to build its own architectural icons.

“Beijing is a huge experimental site right now,” says Zhu Wenyi, dean of the school of architecture at Tsinghua University. “This modern architecture is the identity of modern China.”

But sometimes the sheer scale of the buildings overwhelms everything else. Thirty years after economic reforms began, this country has built a series of super structures that almost seem intended more for the Guinness Book of World Records than cityscapes.

China is home, for instance, to the world’s largest shopping mall (the seven-million-square-foot South China Mall); the longest sea-crossing bridge (it stretches 36 kilometers, or about 22 miles, over part of the East China Sea); the largest hydroelectric dam (the Three Gorges project); and the highest railway (an engineering marvel that crosses the Tibetan permafrost 16,000 feet above sea level, the so-called roof of the world).

Late last year, Beijing opened what may be the world’s largest performance hall, the National Center for the Performing Arts, a $400 million concert hall, opera house and theater center even bigger than the Kennedy Center in Washington. Nicknamed The Egg, the Chinese center’s titanium dome rises above a wide reflecting pool.

For decades, the ruling Communist Party used huge building programs to lure foreign investment and to create millions of jobs. But this new wave is different.

“This is just the start,” said Ma Yansong, a 32-year-old architect who studied in the United States and runs a practice here. “The last 10 years we’ve had landmark buildings in Beijing and Shanghai. But now, the private developers are coming in, and second-tier cities want to develop.”

In recent weeks, many Chinese have complained about what they say is Western media distortions about China and its role in Tibet, where riots broke out last month.

Indeed, behind the increasingly nationalistic counterprotests is a fear that China’s Olympic moment is being overshadowed by critics and that the country’s remarkable achievements are being ignored.

Many Chinese say that will change on Aug. 8, 2008 — an auspicious date by traditional reckoning because 8 is a lucky number — as the world focuses on the Olympics and China’s undeniable accomplishments.

In Beijing, officials have used the Olympics to justify razing old neighborhoods and relocating tens of thousands of poor residents, with hopes of remaking the city into a modern capital of new highways, subway lines and gleaming skyscrapers.

Similarly, city officials in Shanghai have relocated huge factories and thousands of residents along the Huangpu River to prepare a two-square-mile site for the 2010 World Expo, Shanghai’s own coming-out.

With China rapidly urbanizing, there are now dozens of other big cities developing master plans and commissioning new skyscrapers, expressways and whole shopping districts.

In Macao, one of China’s special administrative zones, the Las Vegas-based Sands Corporation built a 10.5-million-square-foot casino, hotel and convention center, which opened last summer to huge crowds.

Not everyone, however, is pleased with the development transforming China’s cities. Old neighborhoods and important historical buildings are being demolished. Expressways and skyscrapers have erased cultural signposts. Even some leading Chinese architects and urban planners are crying foul.

And all this growth depends largely on energy derived from coal, which fouls the air, distracting from China’s gleaming new palaces.

Others complain that too many foreign architects are being showcased, at the expense of China’s home-grown talent, that Chinese elements are being lost — like Beijing’s old courtyard-style homes — and that overaggressive development is littering the landscape with modern monstrosities.

“I’m completely against this big architecture; it’s a total waste,” says Yin Zhi, president of the urban planning and design institute at Tsinghua University. “The government wants to grab the Olympic opportunity to remake Beijing, spending so much money on these stupid projects. Why not use the budget to improve Beijing’s traffic system? Why not improve the quality of people’s lives?”

Professor Yin went on: “China, as a developing country, is not supposed to spend so much on these eye-catching projects. It shows in some ways that China lacks confidence.”

But Beijing seems eager to show the world it can attract world-class architects to China, and it has lured big names, including Zaha Hadid, a distinguished architect from London.

Local developers are rushing to capitalize on this moment of extreme transformation. A rising middle class and the emergence of a car culture in China are creating opportunities to build new cities and suburbs, and many cities want to prove they are fast-developing, hoping to lure even more investment.

With the economy booming, air travel has also skyrocketed, creating demand for new airports. Indeed, even after a building boom over the past decade, the government says it plans to build another 97 new airports by 2020.

Here in Beijing, the construction of Terminal 3 was accelerated to meet the surge in air travel into the capital, and to create a dazzling new gateway to the city in time for the Olympics.

Foster & Partners, the British architectural firm, won the design competition less than five years ago, in late 2003. The firm quickly set up an office here and in March 2004 began work on a 14-million-square-foot project that would eventually dwarf all five of Heathrow’s terminals combined.

The developers wanted to incorporate Chinese characteristics, so they sought the advice of a feng shui master. They selected red and gold as the dominant colors, to match those of old palaces and the Forbidden City.
Then they raced the clock.

“In November 2003, we were awarded the contract,” says Mouzhan Majidi, the lead architect on the project for Foster & Partners. “Within a week, we had to have a Foster office in Beijing.”

Siemens, the German company, built a sophisticated baggage handling system that can sort and transport 19,200 pieces of luggage an hour through the nearly two-mile-long building. Workers lifted and placed a giant roof designed to look like the scales of a dragon.

The building opened ahead of schedule, largely because Beijing had turned the site into a 24-hour-a-day operation, with tens of thousands of workers living on the airport grounds. It is the kind of operation that can be found only in China.

Beijing supplied an army of workers. “When I think back to our site visits with Norman, it was an incredible scene to see 50,000 people working on a building,” says Mr. Majidi, who works closely with Norman Foster, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect. “It evoked what it might have been like to build the pyramids.”

Still, it may not be big enough.

In January, Beijing’s civil aviation authority announced that yet another international airport was needed in the city. Construction is expected to begin soon.


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Old May 4th, 2008, 04:22 AM   #1276
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(beijingupdates.com) BCIA Discovery Video

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Old May 4th, 2008, 09:55 AM   #1277
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This is such an amazing facility.
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Old May 4th, 2008, 11:33 PM   #1278
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Old May 5th, 2008, 01:31 AM   #1279
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What a nice and charming little airport this one has become .

On topic: this one looks better than Changi Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or Hong Kong. I have not visited Bangkoks' Suvarnabumi Airport yet, and sadly enough aslo not this one. But from the many images we all get to enjoy here on Skyscrapercity.com, I'd say this one must be the most impressive of all!

The Chinese sure did a tremendous job in building this one!
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Old May 9th, 2008, 09:10 AM   #1280
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impressive,
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