Foster + Partners unveil air-taxi network terminal in Dubai

The British firm has unveiled the first images for the concept design of the future Vertiport terminal, first of a network of infrastructure for electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles.

Foster + Partners presents through the first images the concept design of the future Vertiport terminal of the Skyports infrastructure located next to Dubai International Airport. The first of four locations in the plan, the site is part of an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) infrastructure network that will connect Dubai’s most populated and well-known locations and offer high-speed, zero-emission transportation. The RTA’s Dubai Metro network and Dubai International Airport are just two of the existing transportation hubs with which the Vertiport network will interact, but by 2026, Skyports Infrastructure plans to complete work to have a ready-to-use network for air-taxi services.

To facilitate takeoffs and landings, Foster + Partners’ terminal design is built on an elevated bridge. The building encircles the airport, connecting arrivals and departures lounges and providing excellent views of aircraft and the surrounding city. The proposed structure is also designed to be shielded from direct sunlight. In fact, it does not overheat thanks to the projecting roof and the sloping facade. 

Foster + Partners, Vertiport terminal, Dubai, UAE

The facade of the building corresponds to the adjacent subway station and its edges are softened by greenery. As for the interior, the architects designed each space using a refined palette of warm and natural materials to create a comfortable and serene environment.

“We are delighted to have developed a vertiport concept for the emerging AAM industry that will transform the way people travel in Dubai,” says David Summerfield, project manager for Foster + Partners.
“The conceptual Vertiport connects to Dubai International Airport and the Dubai Metro to provide international and domestic passengers with a sustainable and seamless journey through the city.”

All images courtesy Foster + Partners

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