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Zaha Hadid Architects and Cox Architecture to design Western Sydney Airport

Australia Architecture News - Oct 29, 2019 - 12:25   7101 views

Zaha Hadid Architects and Cox Architecture to design Western Sydney Airport

Zaha Hadid Architects and Cox Architecture have won an international design competition to design the new Western Sydney Airport - the team will serve as Master Architect for the project. 

ZHA/COX team was selected from a broad field of forty national and international applicants that was narrowed to five selected design competitors.

The Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport, named after the famous Australian aviatrix, is a new greenfield airport in Sydney’s new western Parkland City region. 

Zaha Hadid Architects and Cox Architecture to design Western Sydney Airport

Together with the original Harbour City on the coast and the River City around Paramatta, the Parkland City will become Sydney’s third urban hub, stimulating the city’s western expansion in the decades to come. The Western Sydney International Airport will be a fundamental catalyst for this growth, with the city’s greater metropolitan area set to reach 9 million by 2040.

The new Western Sydney International Airport will be realized in four stages of expansion, beginning with the initial stage of 10 million annual passengers (MAP) by 2026, with further increments up to 82 MAP, making it the largest international gateway to Australia by 2060. 

Zaha Hadid Architects and Cox Architecture to design Western Sydney Airport

As Master Architect, ZHA/COX will provide an overarching design for the entire airport precinct including design guidelines for future expansion. At the same time, the team will prepare the design documents for the execution of the first phase of the new Terminal Precinct.

"We are honoured to have been selected for this amazing project. The design is an evolution of Australian architecture past, present and future. It draws inspiration from both traditional architectural features such as the veranda, as well as the natural beauty of the surrounding bushland," said ZHA Project Director Cristiano Ceccato.

Zaha Hadid Architects and Cox Architecture to design Western Sydney Airport

"The design takes inspiration from the unique local flora of Western Sydney and its unique natural qualities, such as the Great Australian Light. These spaces, colours and materials have been incorporated into the design to give the project an unmistakable regional identity," said COX Project Director David Holm.

Zaha Hadid Architects and Cox Architecture to design Western Sydney Airport

The ZHA/COX's design incorporates sustainable design principles across the building’s architecture as well as its construction principles. 

The project integrates the extensive use of daylight, natural ventilation and water recycling to create a modular, energy-efficient design. The building is also sensitive to its local context, reflecting its natural landscape and the cultural heritage of its indigenous inhabitants.

Zaha Hadid Architects and Cox Architecture to design Western Sydney Airport

Zaha Hadid Architects and Cox Architecture to design Western Sydney Airport

In the field of transport infrastructure, Zaha Hadid Architects are best known as the original design architect (with ADPI) for the new Beijing Daxing International Airport and as the Lead Consultant for the new Navi Mumbai International Airport, as well as Afragola High-Speed Rail station in Naples, and the King Abdullah Financial District Metro Station in Riyadh. 

Cox Architecture are designing the new Victoria Cross Station in Sydney, the Sydney International Airport Marketplace, the Sydney Football Stadium and the Chinese National Maritime Museum.

All images courtesy of ZHA/COX

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