KPF Design Principal Mustafa Chehabeddine presented the Abu Dhabi International Midfield Terminal at the recent ABS conference. One of the largest structures in the world, the organically-shaped building envelope has been designed to mitigate the challenges of the extreme local climate.
With summer temperatures in Abu Dhabi regularly exceeding 40 degrees Celsius, a high-performance façade is required to limit solar gain and reduce the energy required to maintain the thermal comfort of workers and passengers. A climate-responsive approach to massing avoids the need for external sun shading – and the maintenance issues associated with those in a sandstorm-prone environment. The result is a world-class airport building whose beautiful form has been informed by climate and function.
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