British architectural firm Foster + Partners has won an international competition to design a new terminal for Abha Airport. It will be built in the southwestern province of Saudi Arabia's Aser.
Foster + Partners noted that the architects were inspired by the neighboring village of Riyal Almaa when creating the design. Thus, the authors of the project plan to create "a series of interconnected clusters on a human scale," add patios, walkways, greenery, and natural light, "setting the benchmark for a new typology of airport design."
It is noted that future buildings and structures are designed specifically for the climate of the region. They should use winds to optimize natural ventilation, while stone walls and diffused daylight should help keep interior spaces comfortable and cool.
According to Stefan Behling, head of the Foster + Partners studio: "By learning the local language, our terminal guides passengers through a series of inviting human-scale spaces and connects them to green courtyards open to the elements. It's a complete reimagining of the airport as we know it, with an emphasis on traditional Aseeri details, local materials and terraced landscape. It's both a celebration and an introduction to the beauty of the Aseer region."