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Architecture Watch: Beijing Opens Largest Building in The World

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In Architecture Watch, Curbed SF expands its worldview to new structures across the globe. Projects of note should be directed accordingly.

Just in time for the Olympics— earlier than planned, in fact— Beijing has opened the most ginormous building in the world. Terminal 3 of the Beijing Capital International Airport is the first building to break the million square meter mark, measuring in at 1.3 million square meters, mostly under a single roof. Designed by Foster+Partners Architecture, the terminal is to serve as a gateway to Beijing for incoming Olympic athletes; its form has been described as "dragon-like" and evocative of traditional Chinese colors and symbols. By 2020, a projected 50 million passengers are expected to pass through Terminal 3 each year. We're already overwhelmed.
· Images: Foster's Beijing airport opens [Building]