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Kuwait's Sailboat Inspired New Airport KIA  
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10925 posts, RR: 37
Posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5061 times:

A friend emailed me about the new Kuwait International Airport.

Beautiful contemporary architecture project with hints of traditional islamic style. The buildings look airy with a lot of light. A nice layout in the Kuwaiti desert. It will be interesting to see from up in the air.

If anyone knows more about this project... when they are planning to open this new airport? I will be happy to visit after it is completed. I always loved flying into brand new international airports.

See the pictures.


http://up7.persianfun.info/img/90/7/...ailboat-inspired-airport/kia01.jpg

http://up7.persianfun.info/img/90/7/...ailboat-inspired-airport/kia04.jpg

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http://up7.persianfun.info/img/90/7/...ailboat-inspired-airport/kia06.jpg

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http://up7.persianfun.info/img/90/7/...ailboat-inspired-airport/kia11.jpg

http://up7.persianfun.info/img/90/7/...ailboat-inspired-airport/kia12.jpg

http://up7.persianfun.info/img/90/7/...ailboat-inspired-airport/kia13.jpg

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http://up7.persianfun.info/img/90/7/...ailboat-inspired-airport/kia16.jpg

              

Thank you Ali in Tehran.

  


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User currently offlineHiJazzey From Saudi Arabia, joined Sep 2005, 872 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5019 times:

This is a planned new terminal at the south end of KWI. It's designed by Foster.
They're supposed to start next year, but I wouldn't hold my breath.


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10925 posts, RR: 37
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4977 times:

Quoting HiJazzey (Reply 1):

Thank you.
Norman Foster - a great architect by all means.
I hope they will build this new terminal. A true class act!

  



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User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5919 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4914 times:

Madame you're acting like its under construction and ready to go in a year LOL, it has a 1970s feel from inside, but atleast its not typically airport like.

User currently offlineSSPhoenix From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2010, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 4 days ago) and read 4768 times:

Quite a beautiful rendering I must say - the thing I find with new airports is that they are all too stark, clinical and cold ... it's nice to see some arabian architecture being fused with modern design in a tasteful manner.

Now the big question is .... Will it be A380 ready?!



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User currently offlineBHMNONREV From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 1383 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 4 days ago) and read 4737 times:

Quoting HiJazzey (Reply 1):
This is a planned new terminal at the south end of KWI. It's designed by Foster.

Certainly well overdue, as Kuwait is absolutely jammed during the 10pm-2am timeframe, with flights to the Indian Subcontinent, GCC and European flights all departing during this time.

But the project itself certainly looks very ambitious, as they will be literally starting from scratch with this new facility versus trying to expand the current terminal. It looks like it can be done in phases, with the more southern of the two buildings being constructed first, and the second as traffic warrants.


User currently offlineUnited787 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2745 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 4 days ago) and read 4705 times:

Quoting 777way (Reply 3):
it has a 1970s feel from inside, but at least its not typically airport like.

I think the feel is more contemporary than the 70s but it is very reminiscent of Saarinen's TWA terminal at JFK and also IAD.


User currently offlinelh526 From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 2380 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 4 days ago) and read 4705 times:
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FINALLY an airport design with great architecture! Not the usual steal, glass and stone ...

Stunning and beautiful choice of matierals, room, airy construction and the perfect mix of colors!


LOVE IT!


Mario
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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10925 posts, RR: 37
Reply 8, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 4 days ago) and read 4671 times:

I love it too!!

Would have made a perfect inaugural with two Concordes landing there.
One British Airways and one Air France.
Concorde fits the airport's architectural lines perfectly well.

              



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User currently offlineYOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4906 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4593 times:

I'm not going to lie, the aerial view does look like a pair of women's underwear...

YOWza



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User currently offlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3518 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4511 times:
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Quoting 777way (Reply 3):

Madame you're acting like its under construction and ready to go in a year LOL,


She got new information and she shared it with us.
Do you have better info about it?
Thank you MadameConcorde.

Quoting lh526 (Reply 7):
FINALLY an airport design with great architecture! Not the usual steal, glass and stone ...

Stunning and beautiful choice of matierals, room, airy construction and the perfect mix of colors!


LOVE IT!


  



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User currently offlinerbgso From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 599 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4465 times:

Quoting lh526 (Reply 7):
FINALLY an airport design with great architecture! Not the usual steal, glass and stone ...

Stunning and beautiful choice of matierals, room, airy construction and the perfect mix of colors!

Agree 100%. It's a very clean, functional look. Don't know about room for expansion, however.


User currently offlinerampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3152 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4423 times:

Quoting United787 (Reply 6):
I think the feel is more contemporary than the 70s but it is very reminiscent of Saarinen's TWA terminal at JFK and also IAD.

Yes, and I think it's a style that is timeless, it always looks good.

The cantiliever roof also reminds me of PanAm's JFK terminal, as well as Berlin Templehof.

-Rampart


User currently offlineScottB From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6808 posts, RR: 32
Reply 13, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4327 times:

Quoting YOWza (Reply 9):
I'm not going to lie, the aerial view does look like a pair of women's underwear

To me it just looks like half of the terminal he designed at PEK.

Quoting 777way (Reply 3):
it has a 1970s feel from inside

I agree, it feels very 1970's -- but I suppose the concrete construction and large overhangs may help to keep cooling costs down.


User currently offlineSkyguy From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4327 times:

From the aerial view, (maybe it's just me) it looks like a Polycom desktop conference call station. Those who use this thing know what I'm talking about.


Knowing how things work in Kuwait, I would not bet on a timeline of next year by which this thing will be up and running, by next year it will probably still being argued over in government circles.



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User currently offlineSemaex From Germany, joined Nov 2009, 833 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4090 times:

Quoting SSPhoenix (Reply 4):
Now the big question is .... Will it be A380 ready?!

Judging from the pictures KU is going to have some. Oh well every airport sketch these days has A380 imprint.
But seriously, building a new international airport these days without considering A380-readiness is just plain foolish, so I think this question answers itself easily.


I like the design. Judging from those pictures, it seeme like the ceiling is incredibly high and the whole building is massively hughe! Don't know if that would be a good way to go, after all it's just costs costs costs. Nevertheless, beatiful design, good mixture of Orient and Oxident.



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6648 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4018 times:

It looks very good ! I hope it happens and better sooner than later since KWI could really use a new terminal!

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User currently offlineas739x From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6187 posts, RR: 24
Reply 17, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4016 times:

Quoting YOWza (Reply 9):

Ha ha ha!

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User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5919 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3803 times:

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 10):
She got new information and she shared it with us.
Do you have better info about it?
Thank you MadameConcorde.

Are you ok? i was adressing her, and did you not read the part where she is excited enough about it to seem like its already being built and be useable in a couple of years time, also I post an LOL at the end of my comment do you know what it stands for?

As for my 1970s comment I did not mean it in a bad sense, its just that such architecture started making its way into the Gulf back then, atleast interior wise.


User currently offlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3518 posts, RR: 17
Reply 19, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3684 times:
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Quoting 777way (Reply 18):
Are you ok? i was adressing her, and did you not read the part where she is excited enough about it to seem like its already being built and be useable in a couple of years time, also I post an LOL at the end of my comment do you know what it stands for?

Yes i am fine and stand with my response.
This is a free forum as long as we stay within the rules of A.Net i see nothing to make you upset.

Quoting 777way (Reply 18):
As for my 1970s comment I did not mean it in a bad sense, its just that such architecture started making its way into the Gulf back then, atleast interior wise.

The interiors might be similar but it takes into considaration the hot weather in the area and high ceilings is a way to make terminals cooler.



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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15812 posts, RR: 27
Reply 20, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3615 times:

It's a pretty nice looking airport, though perhaps a bit understated by Middle Eastern standards. It would probably be better if they stopped referring to it as KIA.


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User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5919 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3298 times:

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 19):
This is a free forum as long as we stay within the rules of A.Net i see nothing to make you upset.

Agreed, but nor did I say anything to upset Madame or you that you commented, so as I mentioned the French term in the post that got removed.

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 20):
better if they stopped referring to it as KIA.

Why? is it because of confusion with IKA or the Korean auto company?


User currently offlinelightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 13440 posts, RR: 100
Reply 22, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3103 times:
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First, a very interesting airport. I like the planned layout; even if it looks like a speakerphone.   

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 20):
It would probably be better if they stopped referring to it as KIA.

Agreed. KIA is another airport. The IATA code is KWI. When I read this thread, I started searching for the KIA airport and was surprised to be directed to: Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA). Another in New Guinea... Amusing and not a big deal...

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User currently offlinecloudyapple From Hong Kong, joined Jul 2005, 2454 posts, RR: 10
Reply 23, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3031 times:

Quoting HiJazzey (Reply 1):
It's designed by Foster.
http://www.eikongraphia.com/wordpres...%20International%20Airport%207.jpg

They reused the Beijing T3 masterplan for this terminal, which itself was evolved from Hong Kong. The trees have been changed from steel to what looks like concrete. The trick here might be how to let enough light in without heating the inside too much.



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User currently offlinebill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8465 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2966 times:

Quoting cloudyapple (Reply 23):

I was going to say roughly the same in how the basic shape looked very similar to that of PEK T3. Nice to see such a supposedly innovative architect as Norman Foster being so innovative here as well.


25 777way : Your post seems sarcastic, is it?
26 captain777 : Nice design give a feeling of the Pan Am jet age era, really hope seeing it put into construction soon. KWI already started construction of the new Ca
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