New Mexico City airport by Foster + Partners and FR-EE

Architectural practices Foster + Partners and FR-EE (Fernando Romero Enterprise) have won the international competition to design Mexico City’s new international airport. Occupying 555,000 square metres, it will be one of the world’s largest and most sustainable airports. The entire terminal was designed as a continuous lightweight glass and steel gridshell structure with soaring vaulted roofs featuring monumental spans of up to 170 metres inspired by Mexican architecture and symbolism.

n his description of the project, Lord Foster described the design for the new airport as pioneering “a new concept for a large-span, single airport enclosure, which will achieve new levels of efficiency and flexibility – and it will be beautiful. The experience for passengers will be unique. Its design provides the most flexible enclosure possible to accommodate internal change and an increase in capacity. Mexico has really seized the initiative in investing in its national airport, understanding its social and economic importance and planning for the future. There will be nothing else like it in the world.”