The just-finished facility features art that spans centuries, showing off the best of China's art and updating the airport experience

Beijing's Daxing International Airport, the world's largest, finally opened late last month after five years of construction. The city's second international airport is stunning on its own, boasting a multi-pronged design that's earned it the nickname Starfish—but the site refuses to rest on its laurels. Inside the massive space, Chinese art spanning centuries decorates public spaces, turning the transport hub into a kind of museum.

With 7.5 million square feet spanning terminals, courtyards and private rooms, Daxing International Airport is an ideal gallery space for the best and brightest of the country's art. Spearheaded by the Central Academy of Fine Arts, one of China's most prestigious art schools, both contemporary and traditional pieces grace open spaces, making the airport into a destination in itself.

Installations include a giant interactive LED screen that mimics a Chinese scroll painting and calligraphy inside aristocratic garden-inspired courtyards. Even the seating is part of the art—much of it is moveable, adding functionality while increasing the interactivity of the space. Thousands of visitors have already come just to see the airport, and Daxing International Airport will likely see plenty more of them as its profile only grows.

Beijing Daxing International Airport


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Beijing's Daxing International Airport, the world's largest, finally opened late last month after five years of construction. The city's second international airport is stunning on its own, boasting a multi-pronged design that's earned it the nickname Starfish—but the site refuses to rest on its laurels. Inside the massive space, Chinese art spanning centuries decorates public spaces, turning the transport hub into a kind of museum.

With 7.5 million square feet spanning terminals, courtyards and private rooms, Daxing International Airport is an ideal gallery space for the best and brightest of the country's art. Spearheaded by the Central Academy of Fine Arts, one of China's most prestigious art schools, both contemporary and traditional pieces grace open spaces, making the airport into a destination in itself.