Kuwait International Airport (Terminal 2)

Architects
Foster + Partners, London/Great Britain

Planning time

2016 — 2018

Construction time
since 2017

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

Client
Ministry of Public Works, Kuwait

Contractor

Limak Holding, Ankara/Turkey

The new Terminal 2 of Kuwait International Airport will provide the highest levels of comfort for passengers while also setting a new environmental benchmark for airport buildings. The roof structure of the Y-shaped terminal building has outer dimensions of approx. 1130 m x 980 m by a height between 25 and 55 m. The main structure consists of concrete elements with internal post-tensioned tendons and external post-tensioned cable stays. Between the concrete elements a gridshell is applied which consists of a unitised hybrid system of flat steel members and concrete panels. The gridshell is stiffened by several truss systems. The secondary structure consists of vertical steel posts standing on the gridshell steel members. On top of the vertical steel posts, horizontal members are applied to support the decking and generate the architecturally intended shape of the outer roof cladding.