New airport terminal in China’s ‘city of ice’ will look like a snowflake

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Mesmerising pictures show the unique design of a new airport terminal in China’s ‘city of ice’ that’s inspired by the shape of SNOWFLAKES

  • Architects have revealed the design of the third terminal of Harbin Taiping International Airport 
  • The five-winged edifice occupies 92 hectares and is due to handle 43 million passengers a year 
  • It’s designed by architect Ma Yansong, the brain behind the ‘Marilyn Monroe’ towers in Canada
  • China is having an aviation boom and its capital Beijing will have a huge new airport in September

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The Chinese city of Harbin is most famous for its annual ice festival – a 100-day extravaganza that sees an sprawling wonderland carved out of chunks of ice from local rivers.

But it may soon be remember by tourists for something even cooler: an airport shaped after a giant snowflake.

Architects have revealed the design of a new airport terminal for the ‘City of Ice’, an 920,000-square-metre (92-hectare) five-winged edifice that’s expected to handle 43 million passengers a year. 

Cool design: Architects have taken inspiration from snowflakes for the third terminal of Harbin Taiping International Airport

Cool design: Architects have taken inspiration from snowflakes for the third terminal of Harbin Taiping International Airport

The impressive building is situated in Harbin in north-eastern China, which is known as the 'City of Ice'

The five-winged terminal, designed by Mad Architects, is scheduled to complete in 2030 and expected to handle 43 million passengers a year

The impressive building is situated in Harbin in north-eastern China, which is known as the ‘City of Ice’. The five-winged terminal, designed by Mad Architects, is scheduled to complete in 2030 and expected to handle 43 million passengers a year

The terminal is inspired by Harbin’s spectacular snowfalls during its lengthy winter and will be the third terminal in Harbin Taiping International Airport.

Scheduled to complete in 2030, it’s expected to have 89 aircraft stands and process 320,000 takeoffs and landings per year. 

The terminal is designed by Beijing-based firm Mad Architects, which is helmed by Chinese designer Ma Yansong. 

The terminal will have 89 aircraft stands and its 'snowflake' design will cut the time passengers spend walking to their gates

Harbin has spectacular snowfalls during its long winter and its new airport terminal will resemble a snowflake

The terminal will have 89 aircraft stands and its ‘snowflake’ design will cut the time passengers spend walking to their gates

Apart from an obvious wintry theme, architects from MAD also hoped the airport building to look like a futuristic spacecraft

Apart from an obvious wintry theme, architects from MAD also hoped the airport building to look like a futuristic spacecraft

The 44-year-old Yale graduate is the brain behind the head-turning ‘Marilyn Monroe’ twin towers in Ontario, Canada, which was said to resemble the hourglass figure of the late Hollywood actress.

Apart from an obvious wintry theme, architects also hoped the airport building to look like a futuristic spacecraft. 

Harbin, home to 9.2 million people, has been expanding its airport since 2016. The second terminal of the Taiping airport opened last April after a-two-and-a-half-year construction.

The provincial capital of Heilongjiang aims to be an international air hub in northern China. 

Harbin, home to 9.2 million people, has been expanding its airport. The second terminal of the Taiping airport opened last April

Harbin, home to 9.2 million people, has been expanding its airport since 2016. Taiping airport’s Terminal 2 opened last April

With this creative airport terminal in the pipe line, Harbin is set to establish itself as a major air hub in northern part of China

China aspires to become an aviation powerhouse on the global stage

With this creative airport terminal in the pipe line, Harbin is set to establish itself as a major air hub in northern part of China

With the third terminal on the drawing board, Taiping airport is expected to handle 80 million passenger annually by 2035 and 100 million passengers annually by 2050.

China aspires to become an aviation powerhouse on the global stage, and country’s capital city Beijing will soon have a new international airport, Beijing Daxing International.

Set to open in September, the single-terminal airport will dwarf all Chinese airports in terms of its capacity.

The airport is designed by late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid and will become one of the world’s busiest and largest hubs.

With a total of seven runways in plan, the airport occupies a piece of land four-fifth the size of Manhattan and is expected to handle 100 million passenger a year in the long run.

Daxing, a chess piece for China's civil aviation, is built with 1.6 million cubic metres of concrete and 52,000 tonnes of steel

Daxing, a chess piece for China’s civil aviation, is built with 1.6 million cubic metres of concrete and 52,000 tonnes of steel



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