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Energy-efficient Queen Alia International Airport opens in Jordan

Mar 28, 2013 by Administrator

In some cities, the airport can be the busiest place for miles and tends to consume a fair amount of energy as a result. It’s no wonder then that several modern airports have started incorporating more green technology into their designs, like photovoltaic panels and wind-powered generators. Now the city of Amman, Jordan is getting in on the trend with the recently opened Queen Alia International Airport, which features an energy efficient, modular design modeled after palm fronds.

The airport’s modular domes appear to branch out from the supporting columns like the leaves of a palm tree when viewed from the ground

City planners contracted design firm Foster + Partners to come up with a plan for the new airport terminal that takes into account the region’s fluctuating climate while also reflecting the local culture

The domes have been arranged to resemble a traditional Bedouin tent from high above, while also appearing to branch out from their supporting columns like the leaves of a palm tree when viewed from the ground

The concrete domes covering the roofs of the main buildings are slightly separated from each other, allowing natural light throughout the interior and further reducing energy costs

Much of the structure is constructed from heat-dissipating concrete domes, which provide shade to the front of the terminal as well as some passive climate control

Departure gates are arranged in a line on opposite sides of a central building, with check-in areas, shops, restaurants, lounges, and other passenger services in the middle

The concrete domes are designed so that more domes can be added to the existing structure to accommodate an increase in passengers

Several open-air courtyards are in between these sections, teeming with vegetation that filters nearby pollution and reflecting pools that redirect natural light into the building’s transparent outer walls

The redesigned Queen Alia International Airport now establishes Amman as the main hub for the Levant region

The concrete used in the Queen Alia International Airport is also partially derived from gravel collected nearby, giving it a slightly similar tint as the surrounding landscape

The new Queen Alia International Airport recently opened in Jordan with an energy efficient, modular design modeled after palm fronds


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