Winners announced for Western Sydney airport competition
Zaha Hadid Architects/Cox Architecture
Zaha Hadid Architects and Cox Architecture to create new terminal precinct
Zaha Hadid Architects and Cox Architecture have won the international design competition for Western Sydney International Airport, situated in the new Parkland City region. 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.
The winning design incorporates sustainable principles across the building’s architecture, with an emphasis on daylight, natural ventilation and water recycling. The team have sought to refer to the local context, reflecting the surrounding landscape and the cultural heritage of its indigenous inhabitants. ZHA Project Director Cristiano Ceccato said: “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.” COX Project Director David Holm agreed, noting: “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.”
The Parkland City district is set to become Sydney’s third urban hub, together with the original Harbour City on the coast and the River City around Paramatta. The entire greater metropolitan area is expected to reach a population of nine million by 2040, with the airport acting as a fundamental catalyst for growth. The airport will be built in four stages of expansion, beginning with the initial stage of 10 MAP (million annual passengers) by 2026, with further increments up to 82 MAP, making it the largest international gateway to Australia by 2060.
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This competition was first published by TenderStream on 24.01.2019 here