King Abdullah Financial District Metro Station
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Scheduled completion: 2019

The King Abdullah Financial District Metro Station will be a key interchange on the Riyadh Metro network for Line 1 and as a terminus for the airport on Line 4 and Line 6. The metro station features six platforms over four public floors, with two levels of underground car parking. Through the design, ZHA emphasised the building’s importance as a functional public space contributing to the city, not only as an intermediate place for travelling through. 

 The station is connected by a series of pathways, skybridges and metro lines envisaged by the metro station master plan. Traffic was mapped across the site clearly to delineate direct pedestrian routes avoiding congestion. The resulting configuration was a three-dimensional lattice defined by a sequence of opposing sine-waves. The façade patterning reduces solar gain while its geometric perforations contextualise the station within its cultural environment.

Beijing New Airport Terminal Building
Daxing, Beijing, China


Scheduled completion: 2019
Status: under construction

Beijing’s new international airport is set to accommodate 72 million passengers per year by 2025, with the possibility for further expansion to accommodate 100 million passengers and four million tonnes of cargo annually. ZHA prioritised the users of the building across the design that is based around a six pier radial plan for convenience and easy expansion. The terminal is compact, minimising distances between check-in, gates and transfers.