Kuwait International Airport (Terminal 2)

A new terminal building is currently being added to Kuwait International Airport. Werner Sobek is responsible for the structural design of the main structure, facade engineering and the Building Information Modelling, BIM, for this project.

The new terminal has an edge length of almost 1.2 km, a clear height of up to 25 m and a roof area of 320,000 m². In addition to its size, the new building is characterised above all by the complexity of its roof structure: Despite its large scale, the roof had to be planned without expansion joints. This had extensive effects on the dimensioning and calculation of all components.

Sophisticated Design Required Complex BIM

A roof structure is a statically highly indeterminate system. The interaction between the different components is therefore very complex; any change in the stiffness of one element has a significant influence on the static load of other components. The demanding design by Foster + Partners could therefore only be realised with the help of complex digital methods and tools.

Current construction site pictures and project updates

Article about our planning ot the new Kuwait International Airport (in German)

KIA exterior view of north

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Architecture
Foster + Partners, London/Great Britain

Planning time
2016 − 2020

Construction time
2017 − 2023

Services by Werner Sobek
Structural engineering of the main structure
(including construction documents and
concrete shop drawings)
Facade engineering
BIM
(LOD400 modelling of structure and facade components)

GFA
650,000 m²

Client
Ministry of Public Works, Kuwait

Contractor
Limak Holding, Ankara/Turkey

Renderings
Foster + Partners, London/Great Britain

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