Western Sydney International Airport Location City: Sydney, Australia

An air gateway for Western Sydney, strongly rooted in its context.

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Western Sydney Airport


Key Info

A new airport built in four phases
1,780 hectares
Construction to begin in 2022

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A catalyst for Sydney's westward expansion

A team led by Zaha Hadid Architects and COX Architecture which includes Chapman Taylor was appointed to design the new Western Sydney (Nancy-Bird Walton) International Airport in Australia. The team won an international design competition which involved a field of 40 national and international applicants.

The new airport will serve as a catalyst for Sydney’s westwards expansion in coming years, forming part of the new Parkland City urban hub. The airport will be built in four phases over 40 years – all masterplanned to allow for easy and fully integrated future expansion.

Proudly Australian

Our concept is rooted in a strong sense of place – being both proudly Australian and providing a fitting gateway for Western Sydney. The design’s colours and materiality evoke the Australian Bush, the classic Australian verandah, the great Australian light, the ochre landscape and the open country for which the region, and Australia, is renowned.

These facets will overlay a mindset-planned environment which showcase the best that Western Sydney has to offer, with a curated retail, F&B, market, craft and cultural experience complemented by a strong focus on wellbeing.

Designing for passenger experience

The main concession passenger area has been planned to allow for passenger dwell and ease of flow so that passengers can relax and enjoy the dwell space longer. Best-in-class wayfinding, FIDS and time-to-gate information will reduce passenger stress. The dwell area, including retail and F&B offers, will be supplemented by a pioneering craft market, permeable and flexible to allow rotating pop-up retail spaces promoting local and global brands. There will also be innovative, experience-led concept retail space.

​Chapman Taylor was invited by Zaha Hadid Architects and Cox Architecture to be part of their design team, with our role focused on the airport’s commercial and user experience and revenue potential.

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