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Mumbai's new terminal inspired by national bird

Mumbai's new terminal inspired by national bird
20 Jan 2014

The design of Mumbai's brand new international airport terminal is based on the dancing peacock, India's national bird.

It was thought up by Chicago-based architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, who were also behind the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. 

Mumbai's new T2 is on a similarly grand scale to the Dubai skyscraper - bigger than both Heathrow's Terminal 5 and Singapore Changi's Terminal 3. 

One of its standout features is a 3km-long art wall, comprising 7,000 works by 1,500 artists. This forms part of India's largest art museum, which is expected to be the most visited in the world. 

Speaking to the BBC, the managing director of Mumbai International Airport Sanjay Reddy said it was 'the mother of all challenges' to complete the building. 

'It was extremely complicated … because we don't have enough land,' he explained. 

'We had 1,400 acres of available land - most airports around the world have 4-10,000.'ADNFCR-408-ID-801683826-ADNFCR

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