Architecture and design firm Benoy has been appointed as a sub-contractor by construction company Hill International to provide interior design services for the new terminal at Bahrain International Airport in the Middle East.
The new 2,000,000ft² terminal is part of the Bahrain Airport Modernization Program and will increase the airport’s capacity to 14 million passengers per year, four times larger than its current capacity. The building is scheduled for completion in 2019.
Paul Priest, head of Benoy’s Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) studios, said, “Benoy is honored to be working with Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications and the Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) on their vision for the future of the country. By applying our knowledge of the region with our expertise across aviation, hospitality and retail, we have helped to shape this terminal into a boutique experience for guests traveling to and from the Kingdom.”
The concept design for the terminal interiors has drawn on the natural assets and culture of Bahrain. The landscape of the island nation has had an influence on the color palette and form of the interiors. Geometric motifs and traditional crafts such as basket weaving have also been subtly referenced through fractal patterns and installations.
Craig Menzies, director at Benoy, said, “We wanted the design language to symbolize the many facets of Bahrain. The airport has the technology and modern facilities which all travelers have come to expect, however, we didn’t want to lose the rich identity of this country in the process. Our design has ensured that when guests enter the terminal, they will know they have arrived in Bahrain.”
New state-of-the-art technologies will be introduced throughout the airport to maintain safety and security, improve passenger convenience and speed up processes from check-in to boarding. Separate dedicated premium class facilities and an extensive retail, food and beverage, and duty-free zone will add to the additional offers of the new terminal.