Terminal 3 is a fourteen million square feet, $3.65 billiondollar complex of three volumes resting upon a twomile long north-south axis. Foster + Partners, with Arupas the engineering arm, designed and built the project,on schedule, in less than four years. Mouzhan Majidi,Foster’s chief executive, comments on the Chinese con-struction industry, “the speed at which they do projectsis ten times faster.” Though the architecture of airport
terminals is not new to Foster + Partners, the rm begandesigning them in the 1980s, they lacked an ofce in Bei
jing. Upon receiving the job Foster set up shop in Beijing
in 10 days. The local collaborating architect was the
Beijing Institute of Architectural Design.