"The Monster" Zaha's legacy - Daxing International Airport

"The Monster" Zaha's legacy - Daxing International Airport

The dead are eternal, and the living have love. When more people pay attention to Zaha's works and experiences, perhaps overlooking her other news moment that is rarely known by people. On May 14, 2016, Zaha's latest project and last submission of the contest "Dong Da Men Square"  won  the  Grand  Prize  of the IAI Award, but unfortunately she was unable to visit the IAI Awards site in Bird's nest due to her sudden death of heart disease a month ago.Finally, the company of Zaha decided to head to the Bird's Nest to replace Zaha herself with the project directors of Asian and Hong Kong to receive the IAI Lifetime Achievement Award and the IAI Jury Special Award, this was specially awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards to her and it was  the first time in IAI history to honor the outstanding contributions of the deceased winners to the world of architectural design. The award-winning video specially produced for Zaha on the eve of the awards made the guests struck with awe, and returned with prolonged applause.The touching scene has so far made all the guests vivid in their mind. The news was only due to the fact that the media was covered by her death news and failed to attract attention. Although this is a small regret, but during her lifetime, she was happy to accept the grand prize and become a member of APDF for a lifetime , which became an  unforgettable classic moment . At this moment, we cherish  the  short  but with greater precious affection and destiny and   historical memory that "the Monster" of the architectural world once had with IAI and APDF.

Now, we can once again be delighted to see her godpiece - Beijing Daxing Airport has been built and used, we not only praise her masterpiece! But also are proud and gloried of her extraordinary life!

           Zaha’s predecessor, Dongdaemun Square, won the 2016-IAI Jury Special Award


"The Seven Wonders of the New World"

In 2016, the British "Guardian" selected "The Seven Wonders of the New World", China has exclusively occupied two seats - one is the Zhuhai-Hong Kong Bridge, which is just open to traffic, and the other is Beijing Daxing International Airport. Ranked first!

In the two years after her death and for a long time in the future,‘The Monster’Zaha Hadid, the architect of the world, many of the construction projects designed by her during her lifetime were put into use.From the second largest shipping port in Europe-the "Antwerp Port House", to the international airport in Daxing, Beijing, or the newly opened Morpheus Hotel in Macau, in a sense, they will all stand in the present under the fame of "Zha's legacy" , insight and influence the future.


  The 700,000-square  meter  Daxing  International  Airport  in  Beijing  designed  by  Zaha Hadid Architects was officially opened on September 25, 2019. The Daxing Airport, nicknamed “Starfish”, can be called the largest single terminal in the world. It initially receives 45 million passengers a year and is expected to reach 72 million by 2025. It plans to further expand to serve 100 million passengers and 4 million tons of goods per year.


  Daxing Airport, designed by Zaha Hadid, is located in Daxing District, 46 kilometers south of the center of Beijing. It was built to alleviate the congestion problem of the full-load operation of the existing capital of the Chinese capital. The 700,000 square meter compact terminal includes an 80,000 square meter ground transportation center that is directly connected to Beijing, the National High Speed Rail network and local train service facilities.


  The building of the terminal echoes the principle of series connecting Chinese traditional buildings around the central courtyard. It is designed to guide all passengers seamlessly through the relevant area, leading to a multi-level gathering space in the center of the terminal – a huge central courtyard. The six flow forms under the vaulted roof of the terminal extend to the ground to support the structure and introduce natural light into the terminal building, light also enters the terminal through the linear skylight network, providing an intuitive navigation system for the entire building. The structural span of up to 100 meters creates a spacious public space for the terminal, providing a high degree of flexibility for any future reconfiguration.


 The compact radial design of the terminal allows the maximum number of aircraft to be parked directly at the terminal and with minimal distance from the center of the building, while also providing passengers with convenience and making the operation more flexible. The 79 boarding gates with the Air Force Bridge are directly connected to the terminal building, and at the same time, it can quickly check the passengers of full-aircraft passing through six A380 machines. The radial configuration ensures that the farthest boarding gate can be reached in less than 8 minutes of walking time.

Project information

Project Name: Beijing Daxing International Airport

Architect / Joint Design Team: Zaha Hadid Architects and ADP Ingeniérie (ADPI)

Project address: Daxing, Beijing, Guangyang, Langfang (Hebei)

Client: Beijing New Airport Construction Headquarters

Project Director (ZHA): Cristiano Ceccato, Charles Walker, Mouzhan Majidi

Project Design Manager (ZHA): Paulo Flores

Project Architect (ZHA): Lydia Kim

Project Coordination (ZHA): Eugene Leung, Shao-wei Huang

Project Team (ZHA): Uli Blum, Antonio Monserrat, Alberto Moletto, Sophie Davison, Carolina Lopez-blanco, Shaun Farrell, Junyi Wang, Ermis Chalvatzis, Rafael Contreras, Michael Grau, Fernando Poucell, Gerry Cruz, Filipa Gomez, Kyla Farrell, Natassa Lianou, Teoman Ayas, Peter Logan, Yun Zhang, Karoly Markos, Irene Guerra

Beijing Team (ZHA): Satoshi Ohashi, Rita Lee, Yang Jingwen, Lillie Liu, Juan Liu

Local Design Institute: Beijing Architectural Design Institute, China Airport Construction Company

Team (Contest Stage): Pascall + Watson, Burohappold Engineering, Mott Macdonald, EC Harris Consultants, Mckinsey & Company, Dunnett Craven, Triagonal, Logplan, Sensing Places, SPADA