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

Renderings
Foster + Partners, London/Great Britain

The international airport of Kuwait is currently being extended by a new terminal building designed by Foster + Partner. The new terminal is to be completed by 2022. It 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. The building is characterized not only by its size, but also by the complexity of its roof structure. Despite its large circumference, the roof had to be designed without expansion joints. This had extensive effects on the design and calculation of all components. The roof structure is a statically highly indeterminate system. The interaction between the various components is therefore very complex, so that any change in stiffness of an element has a significant influence on the static load of the other components. The sophisticated design was made feasible with the help of complex digital methods and tools.