Foster + Partners Completes Jordan Airport Inspired by Islamic Art and Bedouin Tents

Society may not need another spaceport anytime soon, but regular ol’ fashioned airports are still in demand, and it looks like we still want Norman Foster to design them. Foster + Partners recently added another international airport to its portfolio, the just-opened Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan. According to a press release, the flight hub boasts a “highly effective passive design, which has been inspired by local traditions,” namely a canopy of shallow concrete domes that mitigate Amman’s hot climate and mimic forms in Islamic art. The modular nature of the canopy also anticipates future expansion — with a predicted 6% per annum growth rate for the next 25 years in mind.

Luckily, airports are one of the few works of architecture that are habitually seen from an aerial view, so the dimpled black exterior of the building’s canopy — meant to emulate the “black flowing fabric of a Bedouin tent” — might actually be appreciated by people who interact with the architecture.

All photos courtesy the architects.

- Kelly Chan