Building China’s $12BN Mega Airport | The B1M

Building China’s $12BN Mega Airport | The B1M

China is no stranger to record-breaking infrastructure
projects. Already home to the world’s largest dam,
longest ocean crossing and most extensive high-speed rail network, the country has now
completed one of the largest airports ever conceived. Home to one of the world’s largest economies,
the demand for air travel in and out of China is extreme. As the nation’s centre of political power
– and as the second-largest city in a country of more than 1.3BN people – the pressure on
Beijing is particularly intense. Plans for a second international airport were
first proposed in 2008, while the existing Beijing Capital International was undergoing
a USD $3.5BN expansion ahead of the summer Olympic Games. Despite these works, forecasts predicted that,
even with its expansion to cater for 83 million passengers annually, the airport would exceed
its capacity within just a few years of the extension being completed. Sure enough, the facility reached capacity
in 2012 and by 2016 more than 100 million passengers were travelling through the airport
each year. To alleviate pressure on the existing airport
and safeguard Beijing’s economic growth, a new hub was conceived. With initial proposals suggesting nine runways
and capacity for more than 200 million passengers each year, the vast Daxing International was
originally intended to replace Beijing Capital as the city’s main airport. However, in 2014 the decision was taken to
operate both facilities simultaneously and to scale back the new airport’s design. Initially constructed with four runways and
capacity for 72 million passengers each year, Daxing International can be expanded to seven
runways and could serve up to 100 million passengers annually when fully developed. Plans for the new airport were released by
Zaha Hadid Architects in early 2015. Collaborating with airport specialists ADPI on the main
terminal building, Hadid moved away from the linear model of airport design – which often
created sprawling facilities – and instead introduced a six-pointed star arrangement
that puts passengers less than 600 metres – around an 8-minute walk – from any departure
gate. While one arm of the building operates as
an administrative centre, the remaining five accommodate the airport’s 79 departure gates. Daxing International incorporates a number
of high-speed rail and metro links to Beijing and the surrounding provinces. The airport will have a dedicated stop on
the new Beijing-Xiong-an Intercity Railway – placing it just 20 minutes from Beijing
– while the Intercity Railway Connector will provide a direct link to Beijing Capital International
and neighbouring regions. There will also be a link to the city’s subway system. While many airport links around the world
deliver passengers to the outskirts of facilities, the numerous connections to Daxing International
will arrive beneath the terminal, enabling direct access to the departure levels. In order to withstand the vibrations caused
by high-speed trains that can travel up to 250km/h beneath the terminal in an active
seismic zone, 1,000 anti-seismic isolation bearings were built into the terminal’s
ground floor slab allowing the structure to withstand an earthquake with a magnitude of
8.0 on the Richter scale. With 197,000 passengers expected to use the
airport each day, Daxing International will operate a largely “paperless” system that
features AI facial recognition at check-in, self-service bag drop facilities and real-time
mobile baggage tracking. It will also be the first airport in the world to operate vertically stacked dual departure and arrival floors. This approach enables faster check-in and
security screenings while significantly reducing the distances that passengers travel between
connecting flights. Extending for over a million square metres,
Daxing International’s terminal building is one of the largest single structures ever
built. Formed from over 1.6 million cubic metres
of concrete and some 52,000 tonnes of steel, the building integrates photovoltaic (PV)
panels and rainwater harvesting systems across its vast undulating roof. Reaching practical completion in 2018, the
first flight inspections took place in January 2019 while finishing touches were made to
the terminal building’s interior. While the airport offers many of the retail,
dining and entertainment options found in most hubs, Daxing International will also
feature an interactive pet hotel, childcare and nursery facilities and hybrid online retail
and dining experiences for passengers. Meanwhile, on the runways, aircraft taking
off and landing will be protected from birds or civilian drones by an Israeli AI software
monitoring system. The entire airport cost almost USD $12BN to
deliver. While this makes it easily one of the world’s largest construction projects,
it is notably less than the projected USD $17BN required to construct a third runway
at London Heathrow. Having now completed its operational testing,
Daxing International is set to welcome its first flight on 30 September 2019, less than
five years since construction works first began. If you enjoyed this video and would like to
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100 thoughts on “Building China’s $12BN Mega Airport | The B1M

  1. I was never into construction or engineering…Until I started watching The B1M! <3

  2. Super! ❤️

  3. 4:35 The way he talked and articulated reminded me of an Apple-product presentation.
    4:42 O_O

  4. china is the sh*t

  5. 大兴可够远的

  6. Berlin left the chat

  7. Amazing construction look like Starfish 🌟
    Proud Zaha Hadid😢💜

  8. Who else thought the video had 1B views?

  9. 中国万岁!打倒双标民主!

  10. China – we have world largest airport
    India – hold my statue

  11. Everybody is praising China but no one wants to live in China……..because it's shit to live in.

  12. Congratulations to the everyone for worked on this project, from the team the decided that a new airport that needed to be built, the constructions workers, and the design team of Zaha Hadid! Take a bow! 👏🏻 👏🏻 ❤️

  13. That's super ambitious

  14. infrastructure so large like it's made for tall dinosaurs. lol on the other hand while it sounds amazing about this project, it also means huge increase in air pollution/degradation. China pollutes too much.

  15. Canada can't even get 1 road right yet China spends $12 BILLION on 1 airport-

  16. china building megacities , world class infrastructure , railways , subways , renewable energy sources.etc
    meanwhile indians are busy in pubg , tiktok etc
    what a shame

  17. How many poor Chinese did they use?

  18. legenden sagen Deutschland baut immer noch..

  19. I witnessed it took a whole year to expand one lane at a local intersection corner and only saw machines sitting there but never saw any people working when I drive by. Guess where is it?

  20. Meanwhile in Germany: BER 🤦‍♂️

  21. Could you imagine being a traffic planner/engineer in China… sheesh

  22. Oof a lot of hate on America. It's not that bad of a country. I will say America is more interesting than my Homeland Sweden

  23. ‼️‼️‼️‼️ Copy of Dubai Ferrari World ‼️‼️‼️

  24. Still I don't believe in or trust China untill they change their habits of flooding Africa with poisonous foods like plastic rice, inferior clothens, fake jeans, fake electronic gadgets that has burn down millions of apartments and houses, in Africa, Asia, South America nd other third World countries!
    China is Inferior Coated, Stinks Inside,:Shining Outwards" too dangerous!

  25. I remember the scene where it exact looks like airport , the movie – evolution starring julliana Moore

  26. I wouldn’t be surprised if China built high speed rail between China and Europe by 2030.

  27. It is definitely an impressive project; i just recently checked out Daxing airport personally; heres a link to my video

  28. and indian said this is nothing

  29. this is communism for ya. whether you agree with it ideologically or not (I don’t) you can’t deny it gets shit done, and it gets it done fast.

  30. Dubai has left the chat

  31. Dubai Building $65BN Airport


  33. 6:00 Iron Dome anyone? Can we expect Israeli missiles against birds and drones? 😮

  34. Build it all you want they will lose money, people will not travel to china soon. I just told employer I will no longer travel to china.

  35. In front this strong fact, every fake thing will be destroyed.

  36. A Woman designed this. She's dead now. (I hear)

  37. will the facial recognition reward tourists with loyalty points as well or is that only for chinese?

  38. So, if we're building these giant airports, does that mean that global warming isn't real?

  39. It looks like a sea creature from the top.

  40. No human rights but awfully good at getting shit done. Be very terrified.

  41. China provide the most safest society in the world

  42. Without engineers, architect‘s designs will never stand in real. Without powerful technology and contractor, no one can build this kind of thing, china can make an architect’s ambitious dream come true. can zaha build this airport by herself? without her team and other people?

  43. Trump disliked this video

  44. people are so god damn smart

  45. If u look at it from the top u see a turtle is China tryna save the turtles?

  46. meanwhile berlin cant even build an airport way smaller and without as much complexity …

  47. 我辈继续努力,继往开来!

  48. Ofc they want tourist attractions. Unlike US infrastructure withering away.

  49. I know it was going to be a British guy 😀😀😀

  50. 3:30

  51. Just a light rail in Sydney has been building for almost 6 years and still not in use. Jesus

  52. being a Pakistani I have no right to be in comment so I'm out shame Imran khan for you of your brt project

  53. China number oneee, America number twooo

  54. It cost 63 billion dollars after it completed 🤭 I'm here after it's opened

  55. In India it will take 5 years for blueprint, 5 years for approval, and 20 years for court hearing for the airport scam.

  56. This is awful, seen from a climate activists perspective. Good for the economy I suppose.

  57. Impressive.
    Here in Germany, we are building a new airport for our capital city since 13 years which allegedly should be completet in 2020, costing 7,1 Billion Euro, already beeing outdated therefore has to be enlarged for further, estimatet 2,3 Billion Euro "once it is completed".
    Regarding that the originally in 2004 estimated total cost of 1,9 Billion Euro already climbed up to 7,1 Billion, the further estimatet 2,3 BN could easily become 8,5 BN.

    Further regarding that "2,3 BN" update for a ´"not finished yet outdated" airport should be completet in 2030, of course only if the delusional assumption that the the "original" airport get´s finished in 2020 become true, i suggest our government to stop govern, and hand it over to the Chinese.

    Despite our disgraceful failure, Beijing Airport is an astonishing achievment on its own.

  58. You know what funny they want people to visit mainland China but you can't even use Facebook and Instagram ect

  59. Some people with "freedom" just can't accept China has been developing dramatically.

  60. @1:22: that's Terminal 2, not T3!

  61. The US would NEVER be able to build anything like it.

  62. 12 billion for the worlds largest airport…..17 Billion for a runway at Heathrow. Talk about kickbacks bribes and greed!

  63. Massive, modern and futuristic project! I was there last week. Missed my flight from busy taking pictures!

  64. That does indeed look amazing!

  65. I have never seen so much blatant ignorance in a comment section before.

  66. Is it weird that I want to go to china just to see this airport?

  67. Oh wait, I haven't voted to approve this project yet! How dare you…..

  68. 5:17 Not only the grandeur of his ginormous airport, but using sunlight and rain water in an ingenious way is simply brilliant.

  69. 14 seconds of China map, missing Taiwan! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  70. By the year 2050 this will be the airport of the world capital.

  71. Du30: HOLD MY BEAR
    Announces New Manila International Airport

  72. China is stepping into the future

  73. Blacks/Negroids can't do this.

  74. I am also a Legend in China i like that

  75. 看评论里第三世界国家的人还是挺谦虚的,但是所谓那些发达国家就是死鸭子嘴硬,好装逼。

  76. Meanwhile india is going to build temple, mosque and Statues.😐

  77. Even though its a neighbour from ancient times, I never had the fortune to visit China. But my cousin married a Chinese lady; and I feel somehow connected to Chinese people. Watching such movies in youtube, I think China is making good progress and I wish best for the great country.

  78. China is spending billions on its infrastructure while the US is spending billions on recruiting the terrorist groups across the world.
    The american people need to learn from China and building their own country instead of destroying other's homes.

  79. The Daxing airport sure looks dashing

  80. This is not democratic!

  81. If one day an alien civilization visited earth, this is where they should start their journey.

  82. They did this in 5 years?
    Funny how like no other country can do this.

  83. Whoa, this is totally totally crazy and Insane! Huge remarckable infrastructure.

  84. Made in China

  85. Play it on 1.25 x

  86. not one of the largest airports , but the largest

  87. One crappy runway in UK $17bn vs massive entire airport in China $12bn……..WTF are we all doing wrong here folks?

  88. Love how u butchered the name of the airport 💀

  89. Building extremely splendid, huge buildings, not only for themselves, is a characteristic of dictators.

  90. why china using israeli they hate msulims…..china is the most madarchod country…after korean

  91. Indians on the other hand, just shout and riot.

  92. Lot of people in the comments earning some good social credit. Well done!

  93. One of the great ways to use taxes, especially the taxes levy from the riches, is the government can contribute to the infrastructures for every citizen. This way of spending riches' money is better than squandering in elections.

  94. China is in Future the World Number One Country for all time

  95. 请你永远相信中国没有恶意

  96. Wow, this is so amazing. I love 💕 it

  97. This is why america will never be as strong as us

  98. LAX is undergoing a $14 billion renovation, it's nice to know we could've got something like this. Albeit, it will always be prime location within the metro.

  99. This is amazing.Definatelly China has become the world leader. No coutry around the world except for China  has the money to build this .

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