A new terminal at the Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport in Shenzhen,which opened late last year, is helping to alleviate the problem of China’s overcrowded airports.
Terminal 3 mirrors the look of a manta ray, a fish that can change its own shape. Designed by the Italian Studio Fuksas, the three-floor, 123-acre facility cost about $US1.4 billion to construct, according to the South China Morning Post.
Passengers reported issues with miscommunication and missed flights in the opening days, but The Verge reports the issues seem more due to the growing pains of a new facility and will probably rebound more quickly than other airports in the country, like the Beijing Capital International Airport, where more than 80% of flights take off late.
Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport's new steel-and-concrete terminal was designed to look like a manta ray.
The skin of the structure is made of alveolus-shaped metal and glass panels of different sizes that can be partially opened.
The same pattern repeats itself on large plastic 'trees' throughout the terminal that disguise the air conditioning system.
The architects are now working on two further extensions to the airport, which will open in 2025 and 2035.
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