Foster + Partners presents its provisional concept design for a Skyports Infrastructure vertiport terminal located next to Dubai International Airport (DXB), endorsed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the World Government Summit 2023. The sites form part of a vision for a future electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) infrastructure network that will connect Dubai’s most popular – and crowded – areas and provide high-speed, zero-emissions travel. The vertiport network will integrate with existing transportation hubs, including the RTA’s Dubai Metro network and Dubai International Airport.
Situated on an elevated deck to facilitate aircraft take-off and landing, the building wraps around the airfield, connecting the arrival and departure lounges and offering scenic views of the aircraft and the city beyond. Moreover, an overhanging roof and façade inclination protects the terminal from direct sunlight and prevent overheating. The building’s façade corresponds with the adjacent metro station, and its edges are softened with green landscaping. As for the interior, the architects designed each space using a refined palette of warm, natural materials to create a comfortable and serene environment.