Foster + Partners, Fernando Romero Enterprise (FR-EE) and Netherlands Airport Consultants (NACO) have won a contract from the State of Mexico to design the new international airport in Mexico City for $9.16bn.
Spread across an area of 555,000m², the airport will feature a single, large terminal that will use less materials and energy, and will avoid usage of internal trains or underground tunnels.
The entire terminal of the airport will be enclosed with a continuous lightweight glass and steel structure and soaring vaulted roof.
Initially, the airport will have three runways with the capacity to handle 50 million passengers. However, the plan also includes expanding the runways to six by 2062, with the capacity to handle 120 million travellers.
The airport will be designed to lay ducts and pipes beneath the building which will free up the space at roof level.
In addition, it will able to harness the power of sun, collect rainwater, provide shade and provide direct daylight within the building.
Foster + Partners chairman and founder Lord Foster said: "Stansted Airport’s reinvention of the conventional terminal in the 1990s was emulated worldwide, this breaks with that model for the first time.
"It pioneers a new concept for a large-span, single airport enclosure, which will achieve new levels of efficiency and flexibility, and it will be beautiful.
"The experience for passengers will be unique. Its design provides the most flexible enclosure possible to accommodate internal change and an increase in capacity."
Image: Ariel view of the upcoming $9.16bn International Airport of Mexico City. Photo: courtesy of Foster + Partners.