Opening Ceremony of Queen Rania International Airport,Jordan. Special Thanks to Jordan Media
Jordan has officially opened the new Queen Alia International Airport in Amman

The airport features a design which has been inspired by local traditions and is based on a flexible modular scheme that enables the facility for expansion in the future. The new facility has been built largely from concrete which provide a passive environmental control to address Amman’s warm climate.

The tessellated roof canopy is composed of a series of shallow concrete domes which extend to shade the facades and provides a modular unit for construction. The domes branch out from the supporting columns like the leaves of a desert palm, while daylight seeps through its concourse via split beams at the column junctions. A geometric pattern resembling the veins of a leaf, based on traditional Islamic forms, is applied to each exposed soffit.


The terminal is also glazed on all sides to allow views of the aircraft on the apron and to aid orientation. Horizontal louvres shade the airport’s facades from direct sunlight. The louvres become concentrated in more exposed areas close to the columns to eliminate glare.

The concrete structure incorporates local gravel to reduce maintenance requirements and the embodied energy of the material, and to harmonise with the natural shades of local sand.

Two piers of departure gates run along either side of the central building, which contains the main processing areas and shops, lounges and restaurants.The complex geometry of the roof shells and fabrication strategy was developed in conjunction with Foster + Partners in-house geometry specialists.


The new airport is expected to accommodate a growing influx of passenger traffic marked at 6% per annum for the next 25 years, a boost from 3.5 million to 12 million passengers per annum by 2030.

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