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Beijing Airport wins 'Building of theYear'

Beijing Capital International Airport has been named the “Building of the Year” by the UK’s architecture sector during the prestigious AJ100 survey and awards. 

Terminal 3 at the airport, designed by Foster + Partners, was selected unanimously as the winner from a shortlist of five buildings by the judging panel.

By 2020 over 50 million passengers are expected to pass through the airport, which impressed the judges with its references to Chinese architecture and integrated public transport system.

The AJ100 survey, organised by The Architects’ Journal magazine, asked 135 of the leading UK commercial design practices to nominate the best single project completed in 2008. 

The other shortlisted projects nominated for “Building of the Year” were St Mary Magdalene Academy, London by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios; 13b Paradise Street, Liverpool by Allies and Morrison; Haileybury Almaty School, Almaty, Kazakhstan by HOK/HOK Sport; and St Martin-in-the-Fields, London by Eric Parry Architects.