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Haj Terminal

Listed under Contemporary Architecture in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

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The original design was inspired by traditional pilgrims’ tents used in the desert, the translucent ‘fabric’ of the tents, Teflon-coated fibreglass membrane, allows natural ventilation and soft lighting. It received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in ‘82. Roofed by a fabric tension structure that covers more area than any roof in the world. Twenty-one tent units, each covering 45 square metres, form a single module, of which there are 10 in the terminal, cut halfway by a landscaped mall. The tents are hooked to steel rings hung from suspension cables draped from pylons. The air-conditioned arrival buildings are located under the tents along the outside edge of the terminal units parallel to the aircraft aprons.

Written by  George Monkhouse.

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