Medina Airport (Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport), Saudi Arabia
Tepe Akfen Vie (TAV)
The practice was design leader for this new international airport in Medina, Saudi Arabia, and developed the master plan for the airport’s expansion over three phases. This ensures it will be able to accommodate up to 16m passengers by 2037. The design concept was inspired by the airport’s role as a gateway for millions of Islamic pilgrims and the palm tree, with its symbolism for peace and welcome, has become emblematic in the terminal building. The palm brings a unique architectural identity to the development and an interpretation of the palm frond provides a pragmatic and efficient structural support, while using a minimum amount of material. The first phase, which completed in 2014, includes the terminal building, the expansion and rehabilitation of two runways, new taxiways and apron for 18 contact stands and 20 remote stands capable of accommodating Code F aircraft. New landside infrastructure includes the road network, car parks, utility buildings, a mosque, ARFF, housing complex for airport employees amongst other aviation buildings. Particular attention has been paid to the environmental impact and sustainability aspects of the development and the project achieved Gold certification under the LEED for New Construction Rating System. The development has recently won the 2015 Global Best Project Award by leading US publication Engineering News Record.