Foster + Partners to Design Airport in Mexico City

British architect Norman Foster of Foster + Partners and Mexican architect Fernando Romero of FR-EE have been selected to design a $9.15 billion airport for Mexico City, according to Reuters.

                  
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The airport, which plans to solve overcrowding at the current terminal, covers an area of 18.5 square miles with a single 5,059,038-square-foot terminal building. Clad in glass and painted aluminum panels, the structure will be made of pre-fabricated steel and concrete and made with sustainable and locally sourced materials when possible. A gridded, lightweight shell will house the entire terminal beneath one roof.

                 
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The design was also selected for its eco-friendly features, which will utilize Mexico City's dry climate with displacement ventilation and outside air to keep the interiors comfortable. Designed to meet LEED Platinum standards, the model allows for a reduction in energy consumption over the model and should create shorter walking distances through the terminal.

The project is set to finish by the end of 2018.

                
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